Currently, in the Beta phase and only available to a select few, WhatsApp is testing out a new feature that will display the profile picture of the person/group who’s sent you a message, in the notifications section.
Possibly the first most interesting update for New Year 2022, WhatsApp is testing a beta for iOS users in which the profile picture will also appear in the notification bar. This will be the first major roll out by the Meta-owned instant messaging app in the New Year 2022.
As of now, several tech portals have reported that the feature is under rolling out to specific users and not for all at the moment. This new feature is not available for Android devices now but, chances are that it will be available to them after it stabilizes for iOS platform users.
According to popular WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, “WhatsApp has added the support to include profile photos in notifications when you receive new messages from chats and groups. This feature has been released to some beta testers only on iOS 15 since it uses iOS 15 APIs.”
The portal added, “At the moment, WhatsApp may experience some issues adding profile photos to specific notifications: since this is a beta feature, we should expect new updates that improve the feature soon.”
Soon enough, WhatsApp will also introduce a feature called ‘Businesses Nearby’ that will show users all the businesses restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores and more, when they look for something on the app.