After initiating the release of fingerprint authentication, WhatsApp beta received a new update on Android and the Web version. The new update was first spotted by the WABetaInfo folks, and the new version 2.19.222 is now available through the Google Play Beta Program.
The first major highlight is that the update has released fingerprint authentication for the entire beta public on Android. Also, it may seem like a minor change, but the settings page now shows in the footer the new app name: “WhatsApp From Facebook“.
As we know, this change had already been communicated in recent weeks and caught the attention of the public. That’s because it shows that Facebook is no longer treating WhatsApp and Instagram as standalone applications. See below the screenshot from the WhatsApp Settings:
The messenger has also added a feature to prevent access for users who are under the age of 16 in Europe. The measure is a requirement of the EU privacy regulation, but it still does not work correctly and it is still unclear how the app will detect the age of users.
WhatsApp Web also has some minor performance improvements and bug fixes. In addition, photos and stickers sent at once will now be grouped in the conversation window. It may sound simple, but this feature was only available for Android and iOS.
For now, all features are still being tested with beta program participants. So we don’t know when WhatsApp will release the new features for all users.