WhatsApp’s beta channel on Android is today receiving another minor, yet helpful feature. Users can now mark messages as read directly from the notifications. The feature was discovered to be in development a few weeks ago by WABetaInfo but is now available for all the beta users to try.
The new update essentially adds a “Mark as Read” option in a message’s individual message besides the inline “Reply” button, tapping which will tag the text as read (or blue-ticked if you have that enabled) for the other person. The feature is, for now, only available for beta testers on Android. If you’d like to try it today, there are two ways you can do that on Android — either sign up for the beta channel and update the app or sideload the APK file which you can download from here. The version number is 2.18.232. Considering the company’s past track record, the feature should be available for all the iOS and Android users in a matter of days.
Earlier today, WhatsApp also began rolling out its much-awaited group voice as well as video calling feature to everyone on Android and iOS. Read more about that here. The Facebook-owned messaging service has been lately on an update spree. Only recently, the company added a handful of administrative features for improving the group chat experience. In addition to that, the beta channel on Android also received the ability to hide WhatsApp media from the native gallery app. To combat the fake news wildfire, WhatsApp has also begun restricting the number of times a message can be forwarded and even tags the ones which are as “forwarded”. Moreover, the company announced a native client for Reliance Jio’s JioPhone, a feature phone powered by KaiOS.