WhatsApp, the popular messaging platform, is gearing up to introduce several exciting features for Android users, some of which are expected to extend into the realm of Meta Virtual Reality (VR) quest. In its latest development, the company has released a new beta build that includes a Meta Quest-linked device feature.
According to available information, the WhatsApp Android app will soon allow users to link their existing accounts to the Meta Virtual Reality headset. This feature will prove particularly useful for individuals planning to purchase the recently announced Meta Quest 3 VR gadget.
In the past, many users who owned VR headsets attempted to use WhatsApp on their devices but faced compatibility issues that hindered proper functionality. Taking note of this difficulty, WhatsApp has taken the initiative to address the problem and is currently developing a solution.
Insiders have revealed that WhatsApp is currently testing this new feature in the Android beta 184.108.40.206 version. Since the feature is in the beta phase, certain details remain unclear at this time, including how the connection between an existing WhatsApp account and the VR device will be established, device compatibility specifics, and the impact on privacy and end-to-end encryption.
While the unique functionality is still under development, WhatsApp intends to implement the feature and release it to beta testers in upcoming app versions. In the meantime, users are encouraged to regularly check the Google Play Store for updates and ensure they have the latest build number installed.
WhatsApp’s foray into the Meta Virtual Reality realm marks an intriguing step forward for the messaging app, opening up new possibilities for communication and interaction within the VR space. As the development progresses and more details emerge, users can anticipate a seamless integration between their WhatsApp accounts and Meta VR devices, enhancing their overall virtual reality experience.
Please note that the above information is based on insider reports and beta testing, and therefore, specific implementation details and release dates may be subject to change as the feature evolves. Stay tuned for further updates from WhatsApp as they continue to shape the future of messaging in the virtual reality landscape.
Netflix Co-CEO Rules Out App for Apple Vision Pro for Now
Recently, pre-orders for the Apple Vision Pro were started. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst has reported sales of around 160,000 to 180,000 units of the Vision Pro. In context to the sales of Apple Vision Pro, Netflix Co-CEO Greg Peters revealed in an interview that there is no need for the Netflix app in Apple’s VR headset.
In that interview, Peters also defined that the number of subscribers can’t justify the attempts to port an app for a platform. In the future, there may be a Netflix app for Apple’s VR headset, but currently, Netflix is adopting a wait-and-see approach. For now, YouTube and Spotify have no plans for dedicated apps.
As we also mentioned in the recent post of the Apple Vision Pro, you can use the apps via the browser in the Vision Pro. Apple’s own Apple TV+ streaming services are available on the Apple Vision Pro, which features “Apple Immersive Video” with Spatial Audio and 180° 3D footage in 8K resolution.
Similarly, Netflix has also a VR app which was launched in back 2015, that also offers VR Content and includes a 360° video for the Stranger Things Series, but for now, it’s not available in Apple Vision Pro. Netflix has a ton of VR movies that you can also check out.
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New Sharing Feature in WhatsApp Beta for iOS and Android
WhatsApp has undergone notable changes, introducing new colors and status updates for both its website and app. Whatsapp is currently in the process of rolling out a fresh update through the TestFlight beta program, named version 220.127.116.11. Within the app’s settings, the version is identified as 18.104.22.168, while the TestFlight build stands at 24.1.10(555067882).
WhatsApp beta for Android, in its 22.214.171.124 version, is rolling out a significant feature. Users can now create and share polls within their channels, fostering interactive engagement by collecting feedback, opinions, and preferences directly from their followers. The latest WhatsApp beta test for iOS, marked as version 126.96.36.199, is also geared up to incorporate this polling feature.
WhatsApp ensures that the choices made by channel followers during voting remain secure and anonymous. Currently available to beta testers, the feature to share polls in channels can be accessed by installing the latest version of WhatsApp beta for iOS and other Android phones via the TestFlight app. It will be available to everyone in the coming days.
While polls on various platforms often disappear within 24 hours, it remains to be seen whether WhatsApp will adopt a similar approach or introduce its own unique twist.
X (Twitter) Rolls Out Audio and Video Calling for Android Platform
X (formerly Twitter) is going to introduce voice and video calls on Android. The Audio and Video Calls feature has already been available for iOS users since October last year, and now the feature is going to be available for Android users. But you need X premium subscription to make calls. You can receive calls for free.
You can see the Audio and Video Calls option in the settings tab of DM. Users can also control privacy settings from the settings page by selecting from the three options of who can call them: accounts they follow, people in their contact book, verified users, etc. If you want to know more about audio and video calls on X, then you can read more by clicking here.
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