WhatsApp for Android is getting updated with a new colour scheme that is brighter over the existing one. The change is initially provided to beta testers for testing purposes. However, it would be available publicly if the testing goes fine (as per the required results). The new colour scheme is applicable to both light and dark themes of WhatsApp and can be noticed from any of the major interface elements, including the background and the send button. The new WhatsApp beta also brings back the creation date for groups.
The changes are initially available through WhatsApp for Android beta version 126.96.36.199, as initially reported by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo.
WhatsApp's older (left) and newer (right) colour scheme
One of the most prominent changes is the new colour scheme that is available on both dark and light themes. Although WhatsApp is still using a green hue, it is lighter in shade. You'll notice the change if you compare both the older and newer WhatsApp beta release side-by-side.
The colour scheme update is visible across all major elements, including the top bar, background, and message bubbles. The change is also there for the Send button. Further, the icons in the Settings menu are also shifted from the earlier green ones to grey.
WhatsApp's Settings menu with older (left) and newer (right) colour scheme
WABetaInfo has also noticed that there is the new colour scheme even for the ring appearing over status updates and the chat share sheet.
The new WhatsApp beta version also brings a creation date for groups. It was there earlier, but the Facebook-owned company pulled the date silently for Android users. The creation date is, however, available to iPhone users for quite some time.
WhatsApp has also changed the existing “Type a message” appearing on the chat bar with a new “Message” banner. It also got changed for some beta users previously.
You can check out all the changes by downloading the latest WhatsApp beta on your Android device. The app is available to users participating in the beta programme on Google Play. Alternatively, it can be installed by sideloading WhatsApp APK beta version 188.8.131.52 from APK Mirror.