As reported earlier, WhatsApp has rolled the Instagram-like colour text-based status. The new feature will be available for both iOS and Android users. Further, users can now view Status updates on WhatsApp for the web.
Through this new update, users will be able to add colour, different fonts and backgrounds in the Status section. This is similar to what we have seen in the recent Facebook update, which does the same. However, unlike Facebook and like Instagram, one can include links and it allows you to update “your contacts in a fun and personal way.” Instagram allows users to add a link in the Stories.
Recently, WhatsApp has revealed that its 1 billion active daily users send over 55 billion messages per day, 4.5 billion photos, and 1 billion videos. The company has now 1.3 billion monthly active users. The app is used in over 60 languages, says the company.
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The company is also working on integrating UPI-based payments in its messaging application. The beta version of the chat app, version 2.17.295, reportedly features UPI payment option. As per reports, the feature is hidden and is still being developed. With this payments feature, WhatsApp users can initiate direct bank to bank UPI transfers from the chat app itself. WhatsApp had already hinted earlier to bring UPI integration into its chat app. However, RBI is yet to clear the proceedings.
WhatsApp was earlier reported to hire people who have expertise in UPI, Aadhaar and Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM). WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, during his trip to India early this year, had said that the company may enter digital payments and that it is in ‘early stages’ of investigating the segment.