The WhatsApp instant messaging platform is planning to announce a new feature that will allow users to search for businesses nearby. WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo said that the feature has been rolled out to some people in So Paulo and will be rolled out to more people in the future.
According to WABetaInfo, this new feature will be available for iOS and Android users. WhatsApp users will be able to search hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, clothing stores or any nearby business.
“When searching for something on WhatsApp, there will be a new section called ‘Nearby Business’: When you select the category, the results for business accounts will be filtered based on your preferences,” WABetaInfo said.
This feature is not available yet, but will be available in a future update for those who are already able to use Business Directory.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp is testing a new in-app camera interface for Android devices. The new interface changes the look of the camera and lets users see what they are capturing.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp also announced a new feature for voice messages that lets users listen before sending voice messages.
Not only this, the company is now preventing unknown contacts from viewing the user’s last visa status online. While the messaging app already gives users the option to hide their last seen and online details, there are some third party apps that can still monitor their activities and the new privacy measures are aimed at preventing them.
Beyond that, Meta’s proprietary messaging app should completely recreate the chat bubble, with rounder, larger and more colorful bubbles in the path.