WhatsApp has submitted a new update in the Google Play beta program. Tagged as version 2.27.213 the update reveals some new features as compared to the last version and was first reported on WABetainfo .
Key among these new features is 'Live Location'. The update basically reveals the location icon of the user in the chat list upon enabling the live location option inside Privacy settings.
The live location has a Green icon and also comes with an option ("Send this location") to share the live location. This new option has replaced the normal location sharing option which was available in previous beta version. The live location option used to be disabled by default but it will soon be enabled (as a default) once the developers are sure of it being bug free.
Users will also be able to send text status updates to their contacts with a new option called "New text status" which can be managed in Status under Privacy setting. Users will also be able to customise their text status with different fonts (two options available), colors and insert emoji to it.
WhatsApp will choose a random color everytime the user has to update their status. For now, there is no option to choose a custom color of your choice from the palette. If users want to update their status with a message from a chat thread, this is now possible, but without customisations. If they want to customise and edit it, they will have to select message > Share > WhatsApp and select 'My Status'.
Sometimes photos and videos shared from the Gallery gets delivered to recipients in a random order. WhatsApp is said to have fixed is this annoying problem in the new update.
Lastly, users will also be able to see their recent photos by swiping up the screen after they open the camera in the app.
Indeed, these are features and improvements visible in the beta version of the app. However, you can expect these to arrive in the coming consumer updates.