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WhatsApp has been constantly updating its software to push the Dark Mode feature to its users as soon as possible. Following the quick release of the same, in the latest Android Beta version 2.19.366, there seems to be certain Dark Mode improvements along with major bug fixes for the 'best' bug-free experience and overall smooth messaging and calls via the app.

According to WABetaInfo report, a blog that tracks WhatsApp developments, the Facebook-owned social messaging app is rolling out some major bug fixes that were present in the earlier version, especially the Splash Screen bug fix that was resulting in app crash as soon as users opened the app. Following are certain app features that may soon come to your phone.

Dark theme option:

As spotted by the blog, WhatsApp has also dedicated time to improve the Dark Theme. There is a new Dark Mode optimization that is visible on Display option in Chat Settings.

However, all these options are still under development and it is perfectly fine if you don't see any Dark Mode related updates on your phones yet. These options are being tested on Android Beta before the release of a stable version.

To add, there is no official release date set for the Dark Mode update by WhatsApp yet, so sit tight until further announcement.

New emoji skin:

WhatsApp has added new skins for 6 emojis. The emojis are ‘woman in manual wheelchair', ‘man in manual wheelchair', ‘woman in motorized wheelchair', ‘man in motorized wheelchair', ‘woman with probing cane', ‘man with probing cane'.

WhatsApp has added new skins for 6 emojis
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WhatsApp has added new skins for 6 emojis (WABetaInfo)

Wallpaper option:

As visible in the latest update, the Wallpaper option, which has always been inside the Chats Settings, it has been moved in a different section called “Display". This essentially means that instead of tapping on the 'Chat Wallpaper' option in the Chat Settings, you will have to select 'Display'. This Display option will also soon provide settings for the Dark Theme that is set to be released soon.

This Display option will also soon provide settings for the Dark Theme that is set to be released soon
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This Display option will also soon provide settings for the Dark Theme that is set to be released soon (WABetaInfo)

How to download WhatsApp Beta updates:

For all those users, who want to test these above features on Beta version, you can register for the Beta programme of the app. The new updates are live on the Google Play Store and those interested can enroll and get first-hand experience of the fresh features. Simply click on this link to download and install the latest beta version of the app.

Apart from these new features, the popular messaging app is also nearing towards the roll out of the Delete Message feature, which will automatically delete messages after a particular time period set by the user and make it look like the message never existed.

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