WhatsApp is already preparing the “Channels”: this is how it plans to compete with Telegram on its own ground

WhatsApp is working on its own version of channels to share news and information with a large audience, focusing its efforts on security.


WhatsApp has been working on its own version of channels to provide its users with analternative to one of Telegram ‘s most popular features . However, it has not been until now that we have been able to see the screenshots of the interface and the operation of this new tool, which will be available in a future update of the application.

Thanks to  WABetaInfo , screenshots have been shared that show how the arrival of the channels will mean some changes in the different sections of the application. In the two images shared, taken from the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, it is observed that the “Channels” function will be introduced, which will allow sharing news, event information and more with a large audience.

Channel security is a WhatsApp concern, as followers cannot see the phone number of the channel creator and administrator. Also, channels can have unlimited followers.

Another important change is that the WhatsApp toolbar located at the bottom of the screen will show the “Updates” tab instead of the “Status” section. In this tab, the statuses and channels to which we are subscribed will be combined.

Although the function is under development and is not yet available to users of the application, the almost finished interface indicates that it will not take too long to reach the beta version of WhatsApp in the testing phase. However, WABetInfo points out that there could be a possible restriction of one million, which gives the feeling of unlimited capacity. We will have to wait and see what happens when the channels are launched.

WhatsApp continues to monopolize the market

WhatsApp is a cross-platform instant messaging application that was founded in 2009 by Jan Koum and Brian Acton. Since then, it has experienced spectacular growth in its user base and in the range of features it offers. Currently, it has more than 2 billion monthly active users around the world, which makes it one of the most popular messaging applications in the world.

In 2014, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion, allowing the app to further expand and add new features such as video and voice calls. It also improved the security and privacy of the platform through the incorporation of end-to-end encryption in all communications.

In addition to video calls and voice calls, WhatsApp has also added a number of features over the years, such as Statuses (a feature similar to Instagram stories), two-step verification, and self-destructing messages. It has also improved the user experience with new functions for searching and organizing messages.

In recent years, WhatsApp has been working to improve the security and privacy of the platform, including removing inactive accounts and introducing new policies to combat misinformation and abuse. However, it has also faced criticism for its handling of users’ personal data and the spread of fake news through the app.

Despite these controversies, WhatsApp remains one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with its user base constantly growing and adding new features to enhance the user experience.