The most recent update to WhatsApp, version 220.127.116.11, was recently submitted to the TestFlight beta program. What, then, has this update added?
According to a recent report from WABetaInfo, a new feature that is currently in development is the ability to respond to messages within the announcement group. According to reports, a number of users have found that they are unable to respond to messages that are posted to the WhatsApp community announcement group.
It is not possible to respond to messages in the community announcement group because doing so would make your phone number available to anyone. WhatsApp is working on making it so that when you respond to messages in this particular group, your phone number is hidden.
Thanks to the recently released WhatsApp beta for iOS 18.104.22.168, WABetaInfo learned that WhatsApp is working on the same feature for a future iOS app update.
“an in-app banner to announce when an update that brings message reactions within the announcement group is available” can be seen in this screenshot of WhatsApp.
A WhatsApp update from the App Store or the TestFlight app would be required in this scenario in order to respond to messages posted in the community announcement group.
The capability of responding to messages sent within the community announcement group will be made available in a subsequent version. When this feature is made available to some beta testers, additional information regarding the update will be available.
The build number for TestFlight is 23.2.0 (441749694), and the version number for WhatsApp in the settings is 22.214.171.124.