The latest WhatsApp beta for Android has introduced some new features that are actually quite notable. The new ‘Share to Facebook’ function allows you to post your story across WhatsApp and Facebook. The WhatsApp QR code ‘add contact’ functionality will be a real timesaver for adding new contacts.
Facebook’s efforts to unify all its platforms into one was in talks from a long time and we had some idea that WhatsApp Status Updates will soon be shared as Stories on Facebook. So, finally, we have some traits of it in the latest WhatsApp update for Android..
The addition of the ability to cross-post your WhatsApp story to your Facebook account might be of note to many that use the short video and picture sharing function. Considering that WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, this feature comes as no real surprise.
It appears to simply add a button beneath the ‘My Status’ section with a simple share menu for direct Facebook cross-posting.
It has already been available to developers via the iOS beta for around six months but remains under development on Android. Although it’s worth reiterating that this feature is not yet available for everyone due to development reasons. Once it does get enabled though, it will be accessible within WhatsApp via a QR code symbol within your own ‘Profile’ screen and will save a ton of time and effort adding new people to your contact list.
These features may not be available on your specific beta build of WhatsApp unless you are running build version 2.19.15. We are expecting the Facebook sharing and QR code features to head to a full app build in the coming months.
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