The beta versions of most apps, especially WhatsApp, tend to focus on new features or tweak existing ones. Participating in the beta programs is a way to try out these features before they are released for general release.
This is exactly what is happening with WhatsApp’s latest betas for both iOS and Android. Minor visual changes have been made to the user interface, but the impact could be bigger than you initially think.
The changes make some UI elements of the app larger and others shrink. One of the most recent changes in beta builds of the app was the removal of line separators between chats. This visual tweak is something that is loved and hated alike, but it hasn’t caught on everyone just yet. It’s not clear if this will be a mindset that can be changed or if everyone will lose the line at some point.
But for every tester that has lost the line separator, there is another change. With the removal of the line, WhatsApp has also reduced the size of the pf profile pictures in the chat list. Again, this is a very minor change, but this time it means that there is a bit more screen space.
One size larger, one size smaller
This can make dividing lines disappear and profile pictures shrink, but WhatsApp also increases the size of the link preview in messages. You can see the updated look in this tweet from WABetaInfo.
WhatsApp is testing a large link preview for a future update. pic.twitter.com/398d8VRpTZJuly 6, 2021
This is arguably a much more useful change. Although not all websites support larger previews – in this case WhatsApp uses a smaller thumbnail again. The magnification can be seen in both the iOS and Android versions of the app, and the magnification and higher quality help make the preview more informative that you might not even have to click your way through to a website to visit – but it just looks nicer.
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