WhatsApp to launch new group polling functionality

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WhatsApp is reportedly working on new functionality that will allow its users to create polls in group chats.

According to a report by the WhatsApp watchers over at WBI, WhatsApp has submitted a new beta update for its App Store app. The update reveals WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that will allow users to create polls in group chats.

According to a new report by the website, WhatsApp has submitted a new beta update for its App Store app. The beta update reveals that the Meta-owned messaging platform is developing a group polls feature. At present, group polls are available in other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Telegram and others. It has been seen as a strategic weakness for WhatsApp not to have this feature.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

The report says that WhatsApp users will be able to create a poll for group chats. They will then be asked to enter the poll question and send it to a WhatsApp group. Both the question asked and answers will be end-to-end encrypted.

Polls will be available only in WhatsApp groups, which means only people in the specific group will be able to participate in the poll and view the poll results. The group polls feature was spotted in the latest beta version of WhatsApp for iOS.

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It is currently unknown when, or even if this feature will become available on Android devices.

Meanwhile, the Meta Platforms-owned messaging service is reportedly testing a separate new feature for users of the app on the Android OS. It will soon allow users of its app to pause and resume voice recordings. Up until now the feature was only available for WhatsApp users on Apple iOS and on desktop devices.

Android users will be able to see a new pause button when they swipe up after pressing the recording button. Once paused, the same button will be used to resume the recording. The new feature will be helpful for sharing longer recordings and it will also save time for the users as they do not have to re-record a voice note in case of some disruption.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Reporting by Rob Phillips.

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