With over 1 billion active monthly users, WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps in the world, and for good reason. The well known communications app is packed full of really great features for spicing up otherwise boring text conversations and is so popular that even Apple took a page out of their book with iOS 10, introducing many of the same features to iMessage. WhatsApp isn’t content to hold still either, as evident by a pretty stellar new feature the app has just introduced.
The reason for the Android O Dev Preview exclusivity is that the feature is made possible thanks to a new API included in Android O, which unfortunately means that the vast majority of us won’t be able to see or use this feature for quite some time. More than likely once Android O becomes an official release in the near future, this feature will make its way out of beta and over to the consumer-ready version of WhatsApp, though unless they find a work around — it will still likely require Android O or newer.
If you’ve got the Android O Dev Preview, you should be able to use this feature now, though keep in mind its a beta feature on a dev version of an OS — so your mileage may vary when it comes to how well the feature currently works. For those that have given it a try, let us know your thoughts down in the comments.
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