WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 beta for Android has been released with further references for a new feature called “Expiring Media.” The feature, as its name suggests, would make media files such as images, videos, and GIFs sent to the recipient's phone over WhatsApp disappear once they are viewed. It was initially found to be in the works through the WhatsApp 22.214.171.124 beta. But the latest beta version suggests how it would ultimately be implemented for end users.
The screenshots shared by WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo from the WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 beta show that the messaging app would inform the recipient about the Expiring Media feature through a pop-up message. This would read, “This media will disappear once you leave this chat.” The message would appear once a media file has been shared using the new feature — by pressing the dedicated button available next to the add media shortcut.
Additionally, one of the screenshots shared by the source shows that once the recipient leaves the chat, a bubble would appear saying, “View once photo expired.” WhatsApp would also include a button to enable the Expiring Media feature for media files that is said to be called View Once.
The references are a part of the latest WhatsApp beta version, though they aren't visible to the end users. Nevertheless, considering the progress from what we saw earlier, the new feature is likely to be provided, at least, to beta testers in the coming future.
WhatsApp may bring its new development alongside the Expiring Messaging feature that also seems to be in the plans for some time — with some clear evidence spotted in the WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 beta for Android released last month.
WhatsApp sibling Instagram also offers its users with the ability to send a disappearing photo or video as a direct message on its platform. However, WhatsApp would take that experience to a mass level — considering its user base of over 20 crore users worldwide.
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