WhatsApp returns to update in Beta on iOS bringing with it a novelty that will be particularly appreciated by those who love to give a personal touch to their chats. With version 18.104.22.168 the possibility of creating an icon for a group chat through a small internal editor that allows you to choose the background color, an emoji or a sticker is available.
The function, is available for the moment only in beta on iOS, but the distribution will soon reach the Android version of the app and, subsequently, will be released on the stable channel for all users. This is obviously a “secondary” feature, but it could be useful for some users.
The tool for customizing the icons for group chats via the internal editor is not yet available for all members of the beta channel: to check their presence, simply access the group information and tap the camera icon to change the icon. Here should be the “Emoji & Sticker” option. If present, you can let your imagination run wild, if not, you will need a little more patience. A matter of a few weeks, reports WABetaInfo.
In the meantime, we remind you that WhatsApp is carrying out the distribution of the multi-device option – which arrived in beta in July – even among iOS and Android users with the stable version of the app.
WhatsApp is testing a business directory to help find stores and services
The developers of the popular messenger WhatsApp have recently launched a new project; under which a business directory has become available to users from Brazil; which allows them to find local stores and services present in the application and interact with them directly. The head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, announced this on his Twitter account.
The published snapshots of the new directory show WhatsApp displaying companies sorted into grocery and restaurant categories. After the user finds the company he wants, he will have the opportunity to interact with it directly; communicating through the messenger. According to the available data, thousands of Brazilian companies will be available in the catalog as part of the testing.
Although WhatsApp is a messenger, but e-commerce has become an increasingly important part of the service in recent years. As of October last year, more than 175 million people around the world used WhatsApp business accounts every day. Recall that WhatsApp has been offering a standalone application for small businesses since 2018; and during its existence, the developers have significantly improved this product; adding the ability to make payments, make purchases directly from companies, etc.
The business directory is currently in tests in Brazil; but it is clear that the new function will gradually expand its coverage area. According to reports, WhatsApp is considering further launching a similar feature in India and Indonesia.