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Is WhatsApp introducing a bottom navigation bar?

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Meta-owned WhatsApp is working on a new update by bringing a bottom navigation bar for users in the future update of the app, WaBetaInfo reported.

According to the app-tracking website, the new update is being rolled out by bringing the version up to 2.23.8.4. 

WhatsApp is working on a tweaked user interface for the app which is currently under development and is not yet ready to be released to beta testers. 

This comes after users‘ continuous requests to redesign the WhatsApp interface as they feel that it has been outdated and not as user-friendly as it could be. 

Users also requested WhatsApp provide a modern and intuitive way to navigate the app so that it is easier for them to access important features like chats, calls, communities, and status quickly. 

The WhatsApp news tracker said that the messaging app decided to work on the tweaked interface after several requests from users. 

— WaBetaInfo
— WaBetaInfo 

Through the new navigation bar, users will be able to easily navigate between different sections of the app as it would be easily accessible to them from the bottom of the screen. 

This navigation bar can provide consistency across different platforms as the interface for iOS and Android are different from one another and users can find it confusing when switching between the two. 

Moreover, this change is users’ demand for a modern interface which means WhatsApp has finally taken user feedback seriously and is working to enhance user experience. 

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VPNs, X, and Slow Internet Services Are Still Blocked in Pakistan

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Users are reporting poor performance on numerous social media sites due to widespread slowdowns in internet access. Furthermore, X (previously Twitter) has been inaccessible for the past six days, despite the Sindh High Court’s directive to allow access. In the meantime, Pakistan is blocking VPN services.

X Remains Unblockable

On February 17, 2024, the Pakistani government first prohibited access to X when it was discovered that Rawalpindi’s Commissioner had rigged election results. The block is still in effect, even though there has been no official announcement or explanation for it. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the prohibition, the administration has not yet disclosed any plans for reinstatement. Furthermore, officials are giving media outlets conflicting information about the limitations.

Blocked VPN Services

Virtual private network (VPN) services are being widely blocked nationwide, which exacerbates the problem. Apart from limiting accessibility to X, the government has initiated the banning of prominent VPN providers, impeding users’ capacity to establish connections with any server.

sluggish internet access

There is a noticeable slowdown in internet speeds and a decline in performance across Pakistan. The problem hasn’t been acknowledged by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), nevertheless. Even though internet service providers (ISPs) insist there aren’t any outages, consumers on social media sites are nonetheless complaining about poor access.

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Another X, previously Twitter, outage has affected Pakistan.

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Adding to the current difficulties with online connectivity, internet users in Pakistan experienced yet another disturbance when attempting to use the services of social media site X, formerly known as Twitter.

Users from Islamabad and other regions of the nation were unable to use the site for several hours since the service was down.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which is becoming increasingly concerned about the frequent outages, has not made an official remark about the matter.

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Elections 2024: On February 8, a “suspension” of cellphone and internet services was suggested.

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The suggestion was made at the meeting of the ECP, which was convened to examine the state of law and order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

According to those with knowledge of the situation, there was a suggestion to cut back on mobile and internet service in vulnerable sections of the nation in time for the general elections in 2024.

The election candidates’ security was also a topic of discussion during the conference, and CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja voiced his worries about the rise in attacks on political gatherings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

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