O WhatsApp develops a function that allows sending polls in the messenger’s group conversations. The novelty, spotted by the specialized site WABetaInfois in testing phase in version 18.104.22.168 of whatsapp beta for cell phones iPhone (iOS). No word yet on the feature date, available on rival Telegram since 2018, will be officially available for all app users. Then the Tech Tudo explains everything we know so far about the new poll feature in WhatsApp.
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How does the poll feature work in WhatsApp?
The poll feature will only be available for group chats. According to WABetaInfoa specialized site that had access to the function, only members of the chat in which the survey was posted will be able to see and answer the questions, since the content will be protected by end-to-end encryption.
WhatsApp is testing polls in the Beta version — Photo: Reproduction/WABetaInfo
The screenshot taken by the WABetaInfo allows us to deduce that, to create a poll in the WhatsApp, simply activate the corresponding function, enter a question and press the “Create” button. As the resource is still under development, it is not known, for example, how many alternative answers it will be possible to provide, or if there will be a time limit to participate in the survey.
Is the functionality similar to polls on other social networks?
Participation in surveys of the WhatsApp are reserved for members of the group in which the question was posted, which differs in functionality from public polls posted on social networks such as Twitter and instagram.
On the microblog, questions are open to the public on the timeline for a set amount of time. In the photos and videos application, in turn, it is possible to create a poll with up to four alternativesand the questions appear in the stories users for just 24 hours.
In this sense, it is more likely that the WhatsApp look like rival app telegram. In this application, it is possible to add up to 10 answer options to the poll, and the votes are anonymous. Voting can be ended whenever the user wishes, simply by keeping their finger pressed on the content and pressing “Stop polling”.
When will the poll feature be released?
The poll creation feature is being tested in version 22.214.171.124 of WhatsApp beta for mobile phones iPhone (iOS). As informed by WABetaInfo, the tool is in the early stages of development and is expected to be improved in future tester release updates. As of now, there are no feature release predictions for the official version of the app, available for mobile phones. android and iPhone (iOS).
with information from WABetaInfo
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