Credits By: PhoneWorld
WhatsApp’s beta channel serves as a window into potential upcoming features that may or may not make their way to the stable release in the future. While most beta updates bring exciting new functionalities, some features may be withdrawn occasionally. In the latest beta release for WhatsApp on Android – version 126.96.36.199 – users have noticed the disappearance of the swipeable navigation bar, which had recently been relocated to the bottom of the screen.
Introducing swipeable gestures for the navigation bar in a previous WhatsApp beta sparked some skepticism. Android’s Material Design 3 guidelines explicitly advise against swipe gestures on the navigation bar. Considering this guideline, it is unlikely that the swipe feature will make a comeback in future beta or stable updates.
WABetaInfo, a reliable source for WhatsApp-related news, also reveals that version 188.8.131.52 marks the first time the revamped bottom navigation bar has been made widely available to most beta testers. Previously, only a small subset of accounts had access to this updated user interface.
Understandably, many WhatsApp users are disappointed by removing the swipe gestures, as they provided a seamless and efficient way to navigate between the Chats, Calls, Communities, and Status tabs. Those who wish to retain the gesture-based navigation should refrain from updating to the version released on Thursday.
However, frequent WhatsApp users might have to come to terms with the fact that the swipeable navigation bar is gone for good. The removal of this feature has sparked a wide range of reactions on social media platforms like Twitter, with some expressing concerns about potential accessibility issues that this omission could create.
As WhatsApp evolves with new updates and features, user feedback will be crucial in shaping its future. While some changes may not always align with user preferences, the messaging app aims to balance innovation and ensure a smooth user experience for its vast user base.