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WhatsApp update: WhatsApp Pay plus other Game-changing feature could launch NEXT week




WhatsApp update: WhatsApp Pay plus other Game-changing feature could launch NEXT week

WhatsApp has some exciting new features about to roll-out in updates which will allow users to send photos faster and make payments directly.

According to BloombergQuint, a peer-to-peer payment service will be rolled out as early as next week on the Facebook-owned chat app.

Another feature, already appearing for some users, was spotted by early beta testers of WhatsApp. This involves predicted uploads of images to speed up the process of sending pictures in the messaging app.

WhatsApp is teaming up with HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank, with SBI joining later, to make the peer-to-peer payment offering a reality.

How these payments work is unclear but with similar features in Apple's Messages on iOS and competition from Paytm, Google Tez, PhonePe and more, this move makes sense for WhatsApp.

The payment service should roll out next week to the app's users – who spend two billion minutes per day on the service – but without the fourth banking partner onboard.

This rush could be due to the competition putting pressure on the Facebook owned WhatsApp to keep up.

The other new feature called Predictive Upload, spotted by the WABetaInfo testers, should predict when a photograph is going to be sent in a chat.

This will allow WhatsApp to upload to the server in advance so that it is ready to send instantly when the message gets to that point.

This feature is rolling out to a small number of users with version 2.18.61 on iOS initially, presumably for testing.

These features follow a recent update which now offers group chat video calls to WhatsApp users with update 2.18.162.

The feature works when you’re in a call with someone. Simply tap the add contact icon in the top right of the screen.

Then you will be able to choose between contacts to invite to the call. This works on both audio and video calls.

When receiving a call where two or more people are already participating you will see avatars and numbers or names of those in the call.

So you can then make a decision about whether you want to jump in or not.

Since the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect users of WhatsApp that are under 16 can no longer access the service.



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