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WhatsApp beta introduces Event Reminder for community chats

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WhatsApp is testing a new event reminder function with the latest Android beta update, version 2.24.12.5, to improve user engagement and event management within the community group chats. The feature is expected to be rolled out in a future app update.

The event creation feature, launched in a previous beta update, allows users to organise and manage events directly within their community group chats. This includes setting event names, descriptions, dates, and even optional landscapes, streamlining the process of coordinating online meetings and gatherings, reports WABetaInfo.

The new event reminder feature will allow users to set notifications for upcoming events. Community admins can choose reminder times, such as 30 minutes, 2 hours, or 1 day before an event. Admins can select up to two reminder options, accommodating different user preferences and schedules.

Source: WABetaInfo

The feature ensures that community members remain informed and engaged with scheduled events, minimising the risk of missed meetings or gatherings. The ability to send timely notifications to all participants who have accepted an event invitation will help organisers keep everyone on track and prepared.

WhatsApp is slowly and gradually introducing long-awaited features into the platform. For instance, WhatsApp unveiled one-minute voice notes for status updates extending it from 30 seconds.

Furthermore, the company is also testing chat filtering, audio support for screen sharing, passkey and a revamped interface for iOS users.

A few weeks back, we reported that WhatsApp’s new beta update is bringing locked chats to linked devices. The platform is also testing channel access to linked devices on iOS and Android.

On May 1, WhatsApp announced a temporary restriction on an account’s ability to message to counter spam.

Finally, in April, WhatsApp rolled out passkey verification for iOS users, allowing them to ditch the SMS one-time passcodes.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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