WhatsApp Unveils Fresh Interface with Vibrant Hues to Android Beta Testers
WhatsApp has initiated the testing phase for an overhauled interface on the Android platform. This comes several months after the company was observed developing a revamped version of its renowned chat application. The fresh design departs from WhatsApp's iconic green top bar, opting instead for a white top bar, both in the primary chat list and within individual conversations.
Furthermore, the new design adheres to Google's Material Design 3 guidelines, enhancing the appearance of the dark theme. WhatsApp has also introduced novel 'outline' icons for various app buttons as part of the latest beta update.
A member of the Gadgets 360 team received the updated interface with the latest beta version, WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124. Following the installation of this beta, testers will encounter a redesigned interface featuring a white top bar with the WhatsApp logo in green (the stable version presently displays the app's name in white against a dark green backdrop). When the dark theme is enabled, the top bar transitions to black with white text.
WhatsApp has also adjusted the shade of the green accent used in the app, whether in the light or dark themes. Consequently, elements with the green accent, like the floating action button (FAB), appear somewhat brighter, particularly in dark mode.
In addition to the color modifications in the Android app, WhatsApp has substituted solid icons for voice and video calls within individual chats, as well as the camera icon in the primary chat list, with outlined versions of the existing icons. These modified icons were initially identified last month by a feature tracker in version 126.96.36.199 of WhatsApp beta for Android.
WhatsApp is also in the process of updating the color palette for its iOS app, along with the implementation of the new outlined icons. These design elements were recently observed in WhatsApp beta for iOS 188.8.131.52. Notably, unlike its Android counterpart, the stable version of WhatsApp for iOS does not feature a green top bar.
While the revised interface does not appear to have reached iOS beta testers as yet, both Android and iOS platforms are anticipated to receive support for new chat filters, including "All," "Unread," "Contacts," and "Groups," designed to streamline chat management. These filters, in conjunction with the redesigned interface, are expected to be gradually introduced to stable channel users in the coming months.