The user interface of the messaging program Whatsapp on Android has remained mostly the same for years, despite the addition of new functions. However, based on the previews of a new beta version, it appears that’s about to alter drastically.
The navigation bar has been moved to the bottom of the screen, the chat filters are in a top bar that is entirely white, and a new font is used to represent WhatsApp in its user interface (UX) design (see our guide to the best UI design tools for your projects).
Screenshots from an Android 126.96.36.199 beta that was released to a small group of testers gave us our first look at the new WhatsApp UI. They were supplied by WABetaInfo. In preparation for the rollout of multi-account support, which is currently in beta, the new design appears to be meant to make it easier to find unread personal or business messages.
The three dots in the image above’s upper right corner will be deleted in the finished product, and other changes are also likely to be made before the update is released. The new UI has received mostly good feedback from users thus far, with several individuals noting on Twitter that it is “beautiful” and “clean.” One reader wrote, “Finally, the interface that I always wanted to see.”
Some claim that the beta UI has an iOS style, but others are waiting for the addition of iOS gestures and a comparable effort in upgrading dark mode. When the upgrade will go into general beta testing or be released to the general public is not yet known.
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