WhatsApp never rests. The chat app is continually striving to improve the user experience and is reportedly working on an improved app settings UI in an upcoming update.
According to the WaBetaInfo report, the chat is developing a new user interface with three new shortcuts, namely “Profile”, “Privacy” and “Contacts”, all aimed at making it easier for users to navigate through the settings. Additionally, WhatsApp plans to add the widely appreciated Starred Messages shortcut to the app settings, a feature already available on WhatsApp for iOS.
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To further streamline the user experience, WhatsApp wants to reorganize the settings area to ensure options are easy for users. In addition to these user interface improvements, WhatsApp also aims to introduce a new shortcut within the chat list. Discovered in the latest WhatsApp Android beta update 184.108.40.206, this shortcut allows users to quickly access the app settings. Once that shortcut is enabled in a future update, users will be able to explore and experiment with the new and improved app settings UI, the report said.
The new WhatsApp settings interface is currently under development and will be made available to users through an upcoming update of the app.
Along with the UI improvements, WhatsApp is also working on a new feature that will allow users to choose unique usernames for their accounts. The username feature is expected to be integrated into the app settings, specifically under WhatsApp Settings > Profile. The said feature is expected to help improve account privacy. By assigning unique usernames, users can better control their identity within the messaging platform.
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WhatsApp also recently introduced the much-anticipated Edit Message feature, which allows users to fix annoying typos. Previously, the user had to either delete an erroneous message or back it up with an apology message followed by the correct text. Now with “Edit Message” user can edit the message with simple steps.