WhatsApp forced to reset new contact list after user criticism
WhatsApp recently received a new update that changed how users view the in-app contact list. However, the new look didn’t really resonate with the users who tested it. Now WhatsApp is going back to the old look.
WhatsApp version 126.96.36.199 was recently rolled out to all beta users on Android through the Google Play Beta program. The app replaced the traditional WhatsApp contact list with a new page with two groups – “Frequently Contacted” and “Recent Chats”. The change was probably introduced to make it easier for users to find their favorite contacts, the reaction to the update was not well received at all.
According to a report by Android Police, Beta users didn’t appreciate the change at all, calling the update “terrible” and the new UI “cluttered,” according to the report. With the backlash, WhatsApp has now been forced to go back to the old contact list look.
In recent updates, WhatsApp has made some changes to your contact list: in particular, WhatsApp has introduced “frequently contacted” and “recent chats”.
Do you like the new contact list? pic.twitter.com/WkHHgitnTI
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) February 8, 2022
Now contacts are back to how they used to be, and according to beta users, how they should be – with all your contacts listed alphabetically. It seems the problem was that the new look added an extra step under the guise of convenience and actually made the process of quickly accessing a contact a bit longer.
New WhatsApp in-call UI in the works
In other news, WhatsApp has been working on a new UI for a different section of the app, and this one looks a lot better. A report from WABetaInfo revealed that the popular instant messaging tool is developing a new in-call interface, which is not yet available to beta users.
The UI changes the look of the WhatsApp calling UI and now has a much cleaner aesthetic for both individual calls and group calls.