WHATSAPP is planning some big changes to the groups that are expected to launch in the coming months.
The messaging app, which boasts more than 2 billion users worldwide, could soon allow multiple groups to be merged into giant chats.
Called “WhatsApp Community”, the upcoming feature was first spotted by WABetaInfo in November.
The site, which reviews early versions of WhatsApp for new tools before they launch, released a new Community screenshot on Monday.
WABetaInfo writes: “Thanks to WhatsApp Community, you can bring your groups together, so it’s easy to manage and access them.”
The feature also allows you to reach members of all your groups at once by sending messages to people in your Community, the site adds.
WhatsApp groups are chats between more than two users that allow you to hold a collective chat with others.
These are great places to schedule events, plan evenings, or hold discussions with colleagues.
Communities will let you collate and manage all your groups efficiently in one easy dashboard.
Screen shared by WABetaInfo showing an introductory screen that may pop up when you first visit the Community.
An onscreen message describes it as a tool to “add groups you manage in one place for easy access”.
It adds that Community allows you to “send notifications to all members and update them”.
WABetaInfo states that the feature is currently under development and therefore not available to all WhatsApp users. It’s unclear when it will be rolled out more widely.
As WhatsApp tests new tools and settings, it rolls out them to a small group of people as part of a “beta” test.
Some sites, such as WABetaInfo, are members of WhatsApp’s legendary beta program and are quick to share anything they find.
That means fans can get a glimpse of WhatsApp’s upcoming features long before they’re released to the average user.
Remember that a feature appearing in beta does not necessarily mean it will be released to the general public.
However, early versions of apps are generally a good barometer of what users can expect to land on their devices in the coming months.
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