Reliable WhatsApp beta tracker, WABetaInfo has spotted a new dedicated QR Code shortcut in the app. This is expected to be among the app’s beta release for Android, which is still not available for beta testers. The feature was first reported back in May when a QR button was spotted that enabled users to add the QR codes of their contacts.
While other apps like Snapchat, Instagram and LinkedIn already have their own versions, we only got a hint of the feature in WhatsApp last November. Though, not visible yet, WABetaInfo reports that the feature is one for the future, which as you already know could take a while considering how long it takes WhatsApp to officially make new changes available to users.
From the screenshot, which is from Android beta 2.19.189, a screenshot appears to be showing a QR Code shortcut where you can scan and share. You will be able to scan and share QR codes by tapping the dedicated shortcut.
The QR Code shortcut as with other features still being tested by WhatsApp, may not hit your phone anytime soon considering how slow the app is when it comes to releasing new features.
WhatsApp Status; a Stories-like feature launched by the Facebook-owned messaging app over two years ago will soon welcome a new function. Apparently, this is one of many ways the owners of the app think will make the feature more popular among users. You will soon be able to share your Status to Facebook and other apps once the feature has been rolled out.
The feature was spotted and reported by WABetaInfo a couple of months ago, but the latest we have on that is from The Verge. Users that have signed up with the WhatsApp beta program will start seeing a new sharing option underneath their status. The new sharing option will let you share or post a status directly to your Facebook story or send it to another app like Google Photos, Instagram or Instagram.
The direct link to share your status to Facebook notwithstanding, WhatsApp has assured that both [Facebook and WhatsApp] are not being linked. Per The Verge’s John Porter, WhatsApp said what it is doing is not different from what other iOS and Android-sharing APIs are currently doing. All shared status will be treated as separate events in Facebook’s systems, and they won’t be linked. Status on WhatsApp will be shared solely at the user’s discretion, and won’t be automatic.
Talking about linking apps, Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia has urged social media users to consider a 2-day online boycott of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the likes. Dr Sanger particular wants people to stay off social media networks on the 4th and 5th July.