Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been planning to launch UPI-based payment support for a while now and it seems like that this feature could soon see light of the day. As per WaBetaInfo (@wabetainfo), a Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp's beta builds, the latest beta version 2.17.295 of WhatsApp, will include a new feature called 'WhatsApp Payments.'
6 new features coming to WhatsApp soon
6 new features coming to WhatsApp soon
WhatsApp, the instant messaging application, has over a billion users and to keep them around, the app is always adding new features. However, before rolling them out to all its users at once, it tests them with limited users under beta mode. While there are several features under tests in beta mode, here are the six features spotted in beta that are most likely to be introduced in the app in the next few days:
YouTube videos to play right into WhatsApp
The most recent feature found on WhatsApp for iOS beta version is YouTube integration. The feature lets you view YouTube videos without leaving the app via a picture-in-picture mode.
UPI-based money transactions
UPI or Unified Payment Interface is another feature that could reach millions of WhatsApp users in India. The feature will let them transfer money without any hassle. The company for now is in talks with the government about UPI integration.
Message recall feature
This feature was first spotted in December 2016 in a beta version on iOS. However, the feature is yet to see the light of the day. This will let users pull back messages that have been already sent.
Live location sharing is another feature that was spotted earlier this year on WhatsApp for iOS beta version but has not been rolled out to the masses yet. The feature could let users share live location for 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes or indefinitely.
Number change intimation to all your contacts
Earlier this year, it was reported that WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone came with a nifty feature that sends a notification to all the WhatsApp contacts when a user changes his/her number, making the whole process less cumbersome. We are yet to see a widespread rollout of the feature.
Edit 'sent' messages
This feature to will be similar to the ‘recall’ functionality said to be coming to WhatsApp soon. However, this will go a step further and allow users to edit specific parts of a message 'sent' instead of recalling the entire text. This feature was spotted in one of the WhatsApp betas back in January this year.
It is worth mentioning that when we installed this version of WhatsApp, we could not locate this feature. WhatsApp has already received permission from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to enter into partnership with multiple banks to allow users to make in-app payments and money transfers using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
UPI enables account-to-account transfers from mobile apps without having any details of the beneficiary's bank.
Recently, there were also reports of that the world's most popular messaging app is testing a new feature that will allow users to post status updates with colourful background. The alleged upcoming feature was first spotted by Android Police website. According to a report on Android Police, the feature is available in WhatsApp Android beta version 2.17.291. The report, however, adds that it is also possible that some beta testers are not able to see the feature. Some of the beta testers can now also notice a floating pen icon placed in the Status tab at the bottom of the screen. After clicking on the icon, they will get an option to type a status and select a particular font, background colour and emoji.
WhatsApp has recently rolled out many new features aimed at enhancing users experience. Recently, another online report claimed that WhatsApp is planning to roll out some business-friendly features on Windows Phone devices.
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