(CTN NEWS) – Early in April 2023, WhatsApp was seen developing a bottom bar for its Android app. The new navigation design was later made available by the corporation to a small group of beta testers early this month.
The bottom navigation bar appears to have been more widely implemented now that the business appears to have expanded the scope of its testing.
WhatsApp Bottom Navigation Bar
|Name of the feature?||Bottom navigation bar|
|Compatibility?||Starting today, it seems that any version newer than the WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 update is marked as a compatible version.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is still rolling out to users, and it make take a few days to reach all beta testers.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 184.108.40.206: what’s new? WhatsApp is working on a double-tap action for message reactions!|
This navigational method is already used by the messaging service owned by Meta on its iPhone app, while the Android app has so far maintained a tabbed design.
This modification from WhatsApp would be consistent with Google’s recommended design language for Android apps, which suggests having a bottom navigation bar.
On the finest Android phones, this interface will also make it easier to use with one hand because the touch targets are closer to your thumb.
The inability to swipe between tabs is one feature in the new UI that people don’t like, according to WABetaInfo.
Currently, WhatsApp’s tabbed architecture makes it possible to achieve this, but the bottom navigation bar does not support swiping between tabs. To switch to a tab, you must tap on it.
This would be first substantial interface update for its Android client in years. It’s interesting to note that the messaging service was one of the early Android apps to implement Material Design in 2015.
However, WhatsApp has only made minor changes to the app’s layout since then.
Download the most recent WhatsApp beta for Android to access the updated UI on your phone. Some users assert that forcing the app to stop and restart will fix the layout if it remains unchanged after the update.
However, since a server-side push also appears to be involved, your results may differ.
Given the extensive distribution, it should only be a matter of time before WhatsApp gives users on the stable channel access to the bottom navigation bar.
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