WHATSAPP is introducing a new way to stay in the loop about new features and big announcements.
The popular app is preparing to launch its very own chat contact for users to reach directly.
Owner Meta is yet to announce anything official but we assume it’ll be an automatic bot-powered chat, rather than staffed by humans who respond.
The messages appear to be end-to-end encrypted like all messages sent via WhatsApp.
A leaked screenshot has appeared on WABetaInfo, showing an official WhatsApp account with a verified green tick.
At the bottom it says: “Only WhatsApp can send messages.”
A description on the chat reads: “This is where you can get tips, see announcements, and hear about the newest features. Straight from us.
“Official chats will always have a green “verified” checkmark.
“And we’ll never ask for your personal information.”
It’s not clear when WhatsApp intends to launch the new feature.
As this is an early beta, the company could decide not to go ahead with it all together, so we’ll have to wait and see.
How to get WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Tap the “I’m In” button and then click “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
Joining the WhatsApp beta on iOS is more difficult, and has limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s guide here.
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