WhatsApp in the last week has reportedly started testing ‘Mark as Read’ and ‘Mute’ buttons to make it easier for users to take actions on new WhatsApp messages directly from their notifications bar. Now, the Facebook-backed instant messaging app has rolled out the Mute button for all users having the latest WhatsApp beta version on their Android smartphone.
The button emerges on the message notification once you receive more than 51 messages from just only one contact. Separately, WhatsApp has been reported to have added a sticker preview to start testing stickers on its platform just like hike and other Instant Messaging provide. Stickers on WhatsApp were notably announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference which was held back in May to counter messaging apps such as WeChat and Skype that both are offering stickers for a longer period of time.
As its name suggests, the Mute button lets users easily mute messages from a contact that has sent you from a large number of messages – more than 51 messages to be precise – without accessing WhatsApp. It sits against the existing ‘Reply To’ button in the notification panel.
According to a report, that the Mute button is a part of WhatsApp beta version 2.18.216. However, many reports has also confirmed that the button exists on newer beta versions as well since we spotted its presence on the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.218.
The tweet which is posted by the official WABetaInfo website shows two sticker packs, with namely Bibimbap Friends and Unchi & Rollie. Both are at least likely to be a part of the initial debut. WhatsApp could also bring stickers directly from Facebook Messenger. Of course, the parent company of both the apps is the same.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at his F8 keynote event in May has already confirmed the arrival of stickers on WhatsApp. An official blog post by Facebook additionally specified that third-party stickers created by developers will also be a part of the sticker portfolio to enhance the experience.