WhatsApp Messenger is arguable the most widely-used instant messaging app in this part of the world. After working to implement Face ID and Touch ID features on iOS (that aren’t available yet for development reasons), WhatsApp has finally started to work on the Authentication feature on Android, using your Fingerprint! This is slated to be released with the next Beta update that would be pushed soon.
According to WABetaInfo,
WhatsApp is working in order to add this feature, adding new improvements in the next updates. It’s not available yet for development reasons and the feature needs to get many other improvements before to be enabled for everyone. For this reason, it’s ok if you have updated your WhatsApp version and it’s not working for you seen that the feature is under development.
WhatsApp is currently working on a new section in their app, where the user will be able to enable the Fingerprint feature. After all, 2019 smartphones would have the fingerprint!
It exactly works like on iOS (as mentioned above, it will be available in future on iOS too): enabling the Fingerprint feature, the app will be completely protected, so the user will need to authenticate his identity in order to open WhatsApp (from the app icon, from the notification or from external pickers). It will protect the entire app, so it’s not used to lock specific conversations.
So, chill guys. This feature is in an alpha stage of development and it will be available in future for any Android user having Android Marshmallow (and newer) and a fingerprint sensor very soon. Another feature that will come with this update is the new audio picker that will allow users to see the list of all available audio files stored in your phone. Here’s a tweet confirming this:
WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.1: WhatsApp is working on a new redesigned section to send audio files to contacts.
It supports audio preview and image preview of the audio file (if available).
Max 30 audio messages at a time.
FEATURE AVAILABLE IN FUTURE! pic.twitter.com/5hCIavpCcU
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) January 7, 2019
The user will be able to play the audio before sending it, and it is also possible to select more audio files to send! Also, you won’t be able to use stickers when your battery is low!