Whatsapp's new UI design looks super sleek

Whatsapp ui design
(Image credit: WABetaInfo)

While the messaging app Whatsapp has been adding new features, its user interface on Android has been looking fairly similar for years. But it seems that's set to radically change judging by the glimpses we've seen of a new beta version.

The new Whatsapp UI looks much sleeker, with the navigation bar moved to the bottom, chat filters in an entirely white top bar, and a new font for WhatsApp’s branding (see our guide to the best UI design tools for your own projects).

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We got our first glimpse of the new WhatsApp UI in screenshots shared by WABetaInfo from a beta for Android 2.23.13.16 that's been rolled out among select testers. The new design seems intended to make it easier to find unread, personal or business messages, presumably in preparation for the roll-out of multi-account support, which is also in beta. 

The three dots shown in the upper right in the image above will reportedly be removed in the final version, and other tweaks can also be expected before the update launches. The reaction from users so far seems to be almost entirely positive, with many people writing on Twitter describing the new UI as "beautiful" and "clean". "Finally, the interface that I always wanted to see," one person wrote.

Some say that the beta UI has an iOS look, but others are hoping for the introduction of iOS gestures and a similar amount of effort in updating dark mode. It's unknown when the update will enter into general beta or see a public launch.

For more recent UI updates, see the new Slack design. And to learn about UI and UX, don't miss our online UX design course.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.