WhatsApp, one of the most widely used messaging application, has announced a new update for Android devices. The aim of this update is to ensure the same control options for the Android users, as for the iOS ones. To be more specific, WhatsApp will allow users to decide how they want notifications to be displayed within the app.
However, the upgrade will not be available to all the users, but only to the one with devices that run the most recent version of Google’s operating system, known as Android 8.0 Oreo.
But what does this update imply, more precisely?
Well, if you are one of the fortunate Android users who can download the update on their device, you will be able to turn notifications for particular messages and turn off notifications for group chats. Through the release of this update, WhatsApp fully benefits from one Android 8.0 Oreo feature, known as the “notification channels”. Through this option, WhatsApp users will be able to set their preferences for message and failure notifications, chat history backup, media playback and critical app alerts.
However, considering the small number of users who have installed the newly released OS version, there are not many devices benefitting from this update, with brands like Samsung and LG, which have not yet moved their devices to the new Android version. Other well-known brands, such as HTC, Sony and Nokia, have released the new software version to their devices, but the number of people who have actually installed it is insignificant. In fact, Google representatives stated that only 1% of their users have installed Android 8.0 Oreo on their devices.
The new update also allows deleting a WhatsApp message, even from a group chat, with the option of deleting the message for everyone involved in the conversation. However, apart from the fact that you need to have the newest Android version installed, the recipients of the message also need to have the same software version for this action to be successful.