Linked devices on WhatsApp could pick up this long-overdue feature

Summary

  • WhatsApp is rolling out a beta update for Android that allows users to post status updates from companion devices.
  • The update could also let people edit or remove WhatsApp status updates from a linked device.
  • This inclusion is part of WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.24.1.4, although it may not be widely available just yet.


WhatsApp’s wider rollout of companion mode earlier this year meant that more users could link their account with up to four devices even if their primary phone didn’t have access to the internet. Unfortunately, the companion or linked device in this scenario cannot perform certain functions on its own, such as posting status updates. But WhatsApp could be working on fixing that, according to a new beta version of the app for Android.

The recently rolled out WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.24.1.4 (via WABetaInfo) allows individuals to share status updates from a paired or companion device. Posting a status on a secondary phone works exactly like it would on your main device, requiring you to navigate to the Status tab and tap the pencil/camera FAB on the bottom right of the screen or access it via the My status section on top. Users will find all the standard photo editing tools that are usually available, along with the ability to post status updates in voice, text, video/image, or GIF form.

WABetaInfo says status updates on linked devices may not be widely available just yet. However, it should make an appearance to a wider group of beta testers in the days and weeks ahead. I couldn’t access it on my paired device either, despite being on version 2.24.1.4 of the Android beta.

We’ve extensively covered WhatsApp’s implementation of linked devices, although it wasn’t without some critical issues. In its current form, trying to

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Google Contacts is getting a long-overdue change on the web

Users can finally add or edit contacts directly from their Workspace apps


If you use Google Contacts on the web, you might be frustrated by the fact that you can only create new contacts on its dedicated site and nowhere else. Of course, you could always pick up your favorite Android device and put in the details, but that can be quite inconvenient if, say, you have a work contact, but only your personal phone nearby — and we all want to stay kosher with our work and personal communications. Thankfully, Google’s finally making it easier for desktop and laptop users to add contacts in apps such as Gmail or Google Docs.

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On its Workspace Updates blog, Google says an update has begun rolling out to all users that will introduce a quick button for Contacts on the right-side pane in Workspace apps. Clicking on it will show your list of contacts — letting you get in touch with them instantly — and gives you the option to add a new one.

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Users should also be able to edit a contact by selecting one and hitting the edit icon on the top right.

Google warns that users won’t be able to add contacts within the open detailed view section of an individual email thread.

The rollout began on February 17, but the new button could take up to 15 days to appear for some users. Every Google Workspace user will eventually see this change in addition to legacy G Suite customers as well as personal accounts.

The inclusion of this feature will no doubt make it infinitely easier to add or make modifications to an existing contact. Considering the contacts experience provided by industry rival Apple’s ecosystem, it’s safe to say that Google has

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