According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is currently testing Communities with some Android users. It seems that versions 22.214.171.124 (beta) and 126.96.36.199 (stable) are the first compatible. Those who received this update will find a new Communities tab that replaces the old Camera tab.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has begun rolling out its new community group feature to users of its beta Android app. According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, this feature is a “huge WhatsApp improvement.” Although the Communities feature for WhatsApp has been under development for almost a year, Meta first made a press announcement about upcoming updates to the messaging service in April. The messenger team has decided to begin rolling out the feature after waiting for it to arrive for a while.
Whatsapp communities are now available on Android
For those unaware, the Communities feature will allow you to easily manage all your related groups and create subgroups for different topics. Users can create 10 subgroups and each of them can contain up to 512 members. As soon as you create a Community on WhatsApp, a group is automatically created under it. WhatsApp users can, for example, create a Community for a school with subgroups for each class or extracurricular activity. Administrators can then send announcements to the entire group to reach all users, or only certain groups.
If the test of this new feature is successful, WhatsApp may soon make this new function available to all users in the coming weeks. We will keep you updated in this regard.
A community member can decide to join a subgroup based on their interests. He can also leave the subgroup whenever he wants without leaving the community itself. WhatsApp communities will also let you block certain people, report abuse, and more. Also, just like normal chats, they will be end-to-end encrypted.