Just like other application that supports multiple features, WhatsApp has been working on a most useful function that is WhatsApp Pay. Last year, WhatsApp introduced WhatsApp Pay for the first time and after its success, WhatsApp started expanding to other countries.
According to the WABetaInfo, one year ago, WhatsApp has announced bringing payments to WhatsApp for people and small businesses in Brazil. But due to some complications with Brazilian banks, it had to postpone the launch in the country due to regulatory scrutiny.
Bringing Payments to WhatsApp for People and Small Businesses in Brazilhttps://t.co/uvslFsImwc
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) June 15, 2020
After solving the issues, WhatsApp has now received the authority and now announced that it is again rolling out send money to your friends and family via WhatsApp digital payment powered by Facebook Pay for users in Brazil.
Very excited to start enabling Payments in WhatsApp in Brazil today. This will be a gradual roll-out, but enabling people in 🇧🇷 to pay one another in conversations as easily as sending a text message is going to be so useful! pic.twitter.com/3YQGdz74QK
— David Marcus (@davidmarcus) May 4, 2021
Currently, many peoples started using WhatsApp more than just a messaging platform. The small store’s owner or businessmen use catalogs to show their products are expanding through WhatsApp.
In this line, adding digital payment can be easier for customers to pay for products right through WhatsApp going forward. To make payments as safe as possible, WhatsApp requires a special Facebook Pay PIN or fingerprint for authorization.
In the beginning, only a transaction of debit or credit cards issued by some banks are compatible, but WhatsApp has promised to bring the service to more partners in the future.
As per the information, more countries including Mexico, UK, and Spain are also eligible to get the WhatsApp Payment feature in near future.
WhatsApp Android to add disappearing messages shortcut
WhatsApp is releasing a new beta version for Android users that brings a shortcut feature to disappearing messages. As the term suggests, it will let users prioritize their chats and messages in the application.
According to the latest info, the unique shortcut feature for disappearing messages is rolling out with the 22.214.171.124 build version. Being a beta iteration, it is only available to a handful of consumers at the moment.
Earlier this month, the company created a separate section for disappearing messages. Eventually, this addition helped the users to operate the corresponding messages and chats effectively in the app.
Besides, it enabled the users to pin up the old and new chats in the disappearing section. As a result, it becomes easy to sort and organize the main chats and phone numbers as per convenience.
Now to make the feature more accessible, WhatsApp is adding a new disappearing messages shortcut for Android users. This feature will reside in the Manage Storage section with the “tools to save space” label. Further, it is capable to control storage as well as maintain privacy in the chats.
How the shortcut feature is useful?
In case you are thinking about how the feature will help with storage management – the shortcut tool can delete the media content automatically after reaching a specific time limit.
You can set the time limit accordingly under the privacy section or in the chat info. In terms of disappearing texts, the feature will inspect your priority and will shift the “more important chats” over to other numbers. Thus, the respective feature is quite interesting to use.
Availability of the Shortcut feature
As of now, the feature is only available to a limited amount of Android users. However, the company will push off the shortcut element to more consumers with the upcoming updates.
Meanwhile, users can also get this beta feature along with the following build versions:
- WhatsApp 126.96.36.199
- WhatsApp 188.8.131.52
- WhatsApp 184.108.40.206
So WhatsApp Android users, keep installing the latest builds to experience new and amazing pinches of the app.
WhatsApp remained down for hours before it was fixed
Today, WhatsApp went down and remained inaccessible for over 2 hours before it was fixed. App users around the world reported an outage of services that blocked the user interface of the Meta on the chatting application.
According to the users, the app was showing issues in accessing the app randomly, under which, they cannot read or send new messages. Furthermore, there’s no error screen that remained persistent on the app with the label ‘connecting’ to the server.
A spokesperson said: “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we’re working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible.”
According to Downdetector, users began reporting this issue before 8 am on Tuesday, while over 12,000 reports appeared on the website by 8.30 am. That’s a massive number and it’s quite disturbing for the users.
However, Meta finally resolved this issue and resumed services after over 2 hours of blackout on WhatsApp.
On the other hand, Meta nor WhatsApp has announced the reason behind this massive outage in services or given any official statement.
WhatsApp is one of the largest chat messaging apps with over a billion users globally. However, such a shortage could be a reason for server failure, which could happen occasionally.
WhatsApp brings 9 new features for better chat experience
WhatsApp is a chat application that continues to bring amazing and useful additions to its users. In the latest development, WhatsApp has announced 9 new features that optimize the overall chat experience.
Surprisingly, these fresh features are available for both Android and iOS systems. Thus, you don’t have to worry whether your chat application will receive an upgrade or not. Besides, some new tweaks for WhatsApp Business are also in the queue.
Notably, some of the features are still under development. Hence, it could happen that you may not find them immediately, but after a while with a new update.
Check out the 9 new features of WhatsApp, below.
1. New Features for WhatsApp Business
The list begins with the WhatsApp Business application. The company has added a unique linked device interface, track ad mode, and reorder collections features. Users can easily find these features in the latest WhatsApp Business version.
2. New App Sidebar
WhatsApp has revamped the interface to some extent and has added a new app sidebar. Eventually, this addition will help the users to check the status updates, chat settings, and profile in one place. Besides, you can now respond to status updates effectively.
3. WhatsApp replaced the old camera tab with a new tool
WhatsApp has added a new tool to the Business application. This feature is known as Business Home and carries all the essentials in one section. As a result, the user can reach all the business tools easily without searching for them in the separate settings section.
4. WhatsApp Edited Message
With the help of this function, users will be able to edit an ‘already sent’ message. Further, the messages that you will edit showcase an ‘edited’ label at the bottom right corner.
5. React to the Status Updates
This function enables you to react to status updates. Just open the status and tap on the reply button or swipe up. You will find 8 emojis including 100 points, Party Popper, Clapping Hands, Crying Face, Laughing Face, and more.
6. Change Text Format
WhatsApp users with the iOS 16 system can now format the texts accordingly. All you have to do is select the text you want to format. A pop-up window with text format options will appear. Select the preferable option and enjoy a new way of texting.
7. Four reactions for chat bubbles
So far, users were able to see only three reactions on the chat bubbles. But now WhatsApp has extended the reactions up to 4 limits. Now you can view up to 4 emoji reactions on the texts.
8. Add a link to the status caption
WhatsApp has counted the ability to add a link to your status caption. Earlier, this function was not available but now you can add and directly open the link from the caption.
9. Fixed Notification Issue
The company noticed that a few features are accompanying some issues with the app’s notifications. Alternatively, users were not able to hear any notification sound while they receive a message on the app. At present, the company has fixed that issue completely.
As mentioned, it could happen that some features will not show up immediately after the installation of the latest version. Hence, don’t panic and wait for the next update.
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