WhatsApp adapted for tablets
WhatsApp recently released a new update to the beta version of the Android app that adds a split view feature to the tablet version of the app.
The WhatsApp interface for tablets has not been adapted to the screen size of these devices, so it is displayed in the same design as smartphones, which does not make any sense. However, as we can tell from WABetaInfo, that will thankfully change soon as WhatsApp is testing a "new" tablet-specific interface design.
"WhatsApp has recently released a new update to the beta version of the Android app that adds a split view feature to the tablet version of the app. This new feature is a game changer for users as it optimizes the interface for tablets, provides a better experience on the big screen, and now users can simultaneously view and use two different sections of the application side by side on the screen of your tablet.
Why do we put "new" in quotation marks? The explanation is actually very simple as it is the same element distribution design that we have been seeing for many years in the WhatsApp web interface as well as in the Windows 11 app. So with this design, the screen is divided into two panels, the list of which is is displayed on the conversation screen on the left and the content of the currently open conversation on the right in a larger section.
However, we will still have to wait for this new design to see widespread adoption, as it has only been seen in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android at the moment. There is no expected date for its release to the final version, and no mention of its availability for iOS. So the good news is that they are working on it, the bad news is that, surprisingly, we still have to wait for something that should have been decided and implemented a long time ago by now.