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WhatsApp: the function that everyone asked for years ago reaches the groups

One of the new functions that WhatsApp is about to release is the possibility of create polls among groups. Interestingly, it is one of the most used on Telegram, one of its direct rivals in the fight to be crowned the most complete chat system.

The confirmation of this novelty comes from the portal WaBetaInfowhich showed a screenshot of the form to create a new poll in a WhatsApp group.

The mechanics couldn’t be simpler. As it happens in Telegram, the creator proposes a question and different options are given so that the members of the group vote for the one they prefer.

Thus, the interested party will be able to ask their contacts about what is the best topic of the moment, what is the best place to eat pizza or the movie premiere to go with a couple and see the statistics with the different answers.

Surveys in WhatsApp groups

At the moment it is unknown how many possible response options WhatsApp will allow to add and whether to launch a survey it will be a privilege of the group administrators or this benefit may be used by any user.

What is confirmed is that the survey information will be encrypted, as well as the answers. This means that only group members will know what you voted for each user, although there may be the possibility of sharing the voting results to other chats.

smart reply

The smart suggestions that come to WhatsApp from Google.

The smart suggestions that come to WhatsApp from Google.

Suggestions with quick responses have started to appear on WhatsApp. Although these improvements do not correspond to the popular software, but to an update from Google.

Basically. It is a function that incorporates the Gboard keyboard and to the Android System Intelligence component, Google is making WhatsApp more intuitive.

This is not the first time that Google has added smart features to WhatsApp. A few versions ago Android already added these quick responses to notifications, but now it has gone one step further and has integrated them into the keyboard.

When chatting on WhatsApp, when you open the keyboard to reply, you will now be able to see suggestions with possible responses, always based on the context of the conversation, as was the case for several years in ads.

Tapping on a Smart Reply will paste it into the input box so you can send a message, or type something else. Smart Replies are not sent automatically after typing to prevent them from being sent by mistake.

If a suggestion is long pressed, it will be seen that this intelligent feedback has been generated by the Android system, giving us direct access to the settings to deactivate said function.

Reactions are coming too.

Another of the promises that come from the WABetaInfo portal is that the instant messaging service, shortly, will enable the famous react to messages. In the same way that other services such as Instagram, Twitter, iMessage, Slack or Microsoft Teams do.

At the moment the website is concise in its information, since they barely found the function within the app code, although in a very early stage of development.

All that WaBetaInfo shows is a screenshot in which WhatsApp indicates: “You have received a reaction. Update your version of WhatsApp to see reactions” along with a link to update the application.

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