Finally, iOS users can have a version of WhatsApp Business that they can use to relate with clients and customers. Recall that the Android version of WhatsApp Business was launched a while ago as a standalone app. Since that then, iOS users have been hoping that a version that takes care of their needs will also be released.
Reliable tech blogger that has called several WhatsApp-related info in the past, WABetaInfo is reporting that the iOS version is now being developed by the company. The app, according to the report, still has a long way to go, and is not ready. However, the fact that it is now being developed should give a lot of people something to smile about.
Though, the app lacks several known features found in the Android version, users can, however, expect the iOS version to have all the features that the main app has. According to WABetaInfo, the groups feature has already been enabled on the app among others.
As seen in the image above, the app still being developed and looked pretty scanty with more works still to be done. No release date yet, but you at least know that as an iOS user, a version of WhatsApp Business is being developed.
Installing a WhatsApp Business app doesn’t mean you would lose your personal WhatsApp account; of course, you can run both accounts—and separately too. The standalone app comes with landline support, allows you to register different mobile number, setup business details such as website, address, and an ‘Away Message’ to be auto-delivered to customers among other features.
Following the successful launch of WhatsApp Business on Android a couple of months ago, the Facebook-owned app has announced that it will start charging major brands for additional perks to enable them reach as many customers as possible.
During its annual F8 developer conference, the company said it would introduce group video calls. The group video calls, according to WhatsApp director Mubarik Imam, will be rolling out in the next couple of months.
Not much was given away in terms of information by the WhatsApp director, but The Verge reports that the example video indicates that “calls will allow four people to simultaneously participate.” With over 450 million daily users, and over 2 billion minutes of video and audio calls daily through the app, there is no doubt that the time to step up the game is now.
WhatsApp is also adding stickers, which brings the app at per with other popular chat apps like Messenger, Line and WeChat. What’s more? Third-parties will also be allowed to their own collections of stickers.
WhatsApp has opted to make its group chat feature even more appealing to users by adding a “Restrict” feature. A new “Restrict” feature, according to WABetaInfo, is being added to give admin more power.
Still in beta, the feature is available in the iOS, Android and Windows version of the app. The Restrict feature is already rolling out to every user on 2.18.132 on Android. As a matter of fact, Android users will need to upgrade to version 2.18.132 in order to remotely receive the activation of the feature on their phones.