WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, has released a new update that renamed the announcement group “Updates” for iOS and “Home” for Android.
The company’s goal is to improve the application’s usability.
WhatsApp has been working to improve its community feature and attract more users, thereby making it a more convenient communication hub for various communities all over the world.
According to WABetaInfo, the company has released a small update for its beta testers that renames the announcement groups as communities.
“This renaming decision may have been made due to the fact that the announcement group is typically a read-only conversation where only community admins can send messages, and it may not fit the traditional definition of a group,” the website explained.
In addition, the community icon has been moved from the bottom of the bar to the chat header.
The new update, as expected, includes a couple of bug fixes, providing a better experience for community administrators.
According to WABetaInfo, the company is also working on more fixes for large communities, which will be available in future updates.
Communities are similar to Facebook groups with a better communication design, and they have the potential to transform WhatsApp from a messaging app used to communicate with friends and family to a hub for people with similar interests.
The update is now available to some beta testers who have installed the most recent versions of the app.
The company recently announced a new feature called “expiring groups” to improve group chat security.
Users can use this feature to clean up group conversations by specifying an expiration date.