WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, just unveiled a new contact list display with two options: frequently contacted and recent talks. While the upgrade was designed to make it easier to navigate through the contact list, it generated a surprising amount of negative feedback quickly. Following customer feedback, the platform is now, much to everyone’s joy, reversing direction with a new update.
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Although WhatsApp version 18.104.22.168, which was just released via the Google Play Beta Program, doesn’t provide any new feature, it does restore the app’s original contact list design. The upgrade came after a number of people expressed their dissatisfaction with the new UI on Twitter.
As a result of the backlash, developers have reversed the change, and users should now be able to access their contact list as before.
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Prior to the upgrade, the WhatsApp contacts page did not show the Recent Chats section, instead listing all contacts alphabetically. While the new interface’s core concept isn’t entirely terrible, the old one was just more straightforward and user-friendly.
Since being purchased by Meta in 2015, the platform has gotten a number of upgrades. One of the most recent updates was the app’s long-overdue updated voice call interface, which now includes your contact’s name, number, and profile image, as well as the call duration.
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Furthermore, the network is planning to roll out Instagram-style message reactions soon, and while we have a good idea of how they’ll look once they arrive, let’s hope that the update is well received by WhatsApp users.