Finally, WhatsApp has shifted some attention to large screen devices. Something the company should have done long ago is finally here. Initially, the instant messaging app had support for only smaller screen devices, mostly smartphones. In recent years, the company has realized the importance of the app in terms of productivity. It has therefore begun focusing on large screen devices. In this context, the large screen devices here is referring to Android tablets.
WhatsApp Side-by-side View feature is Coming to Android Tablets
The world’s most popular instant messaging app has introduced a new feature specifically for tablets. This new feature is really going to enhance the WhatsApp user experience on Android tablets. According to a new report from WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has introduced a new side-by-side view feature for Android tablets. Currently, this new feature is available for some beta testers.
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The messaging platform has recently made some changes to the interface on Android tablets. These new changes have also introduced the side-by-side view feature. This new feature gives users the flexibility of switching to new chats without necessarily leaving the current chat. The new feature will be available in the app settings after the user who updates the app to the version 220.127.116.11 Android beta version.
This new feature will not be enabled by default. Users may have to turn it on in the app settings>chats and just toggle it on. Same way, you can turn it off through the same steps. The Side-by-side view feature actually splits the screen into two. This can result in smaller chat interface on each side. Especially if the screen on your tablet isn’t too big. Due to this, some users may find it a bit inconvenient and may rather prefer the single view display.
However, it can help the user do more within a short time and increase the overall productivity. This works best for users who use external keyboards with their Android tablets.
Availability of the WhatsApp Side-by-side View Feature
Currently, this feature is available for some Android beta testers that have installed the latest WhatsApp beta version on their Android tablets. It is currently rolling out to more beta testers at the moment. The feature should also be available to the general public in a few weeks’ time.