There are a couple of screenshots detailing this feature, and we expect to encounter a few more in the coming days. It’s worth noting that Communities on WhatsApp will be end-to-end encrypted. The Community feature first appeared with WhatsApp beta v220.127.116.11 in October. According to previous reports, Communities will co-exist alongside Groups. Keeping this in mind, we expect WhatsApp to make some visual changes to differentiate between the two.
According to a rumour published last month, WhatsApp is going to introduce a feature called Communities to the app. We’re currently learning more about this new feature, as well as how it might work within the app. WhatsApp Groups, according to WABetaInfo (via), will work similarly to Discord communities and channels. This means that WhatsApp Community admins will be able to bring additional groups under their umbrella. Admins can also apparently use Community Invite Links on WhatsApp to invite more people into the Community.
The presence of the feature was first uncovered by XDA last month with WhatsApp beta v18.104.22.168. It was speculated at the time that this feature could go beyond the functionality of Groups on WhatsApp. This new revelation seems to corroborate that. The Community feature is seemingly under development for WhatsApp beta on Android and iOS. The source notes that since this is an early leak, its appearance could change significantly when it reaches beta testers. As of now, it looks pretty similar to an individual or group chat window.
With WhatsApp getting multiple critical updates over the past few months, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Earlier today, the instant messaging app announced a revised version of its multi-device feature. This would finally allow users to access WhatsApp on up to four devices even when the primary device is off or has no internet connection.
Interestingly, the display image for the Community appears to have rounded edges. WABetaInfo notes that this could be in place to help differentiate between Groups and Communities. Although the screenshots only show the iOS version of Communities, we expect the Android version to look fairly similar. There’s no release date available right now. But we probably don’t have to wait much longer to find out.