Facebook-owned WhatsApp has achieved a significant landmark by becoming the first messaging app to add Apple’s CarPlay to its service. According to The Verge, the messaging app now works with the Apple automotive platform following its latest upgrade to version 2.18.20.
First you will have to update your WhatsApp app to the latest version. After the update has been successfully completed, the messaging app will automatically appear as an app when your iPhone is connected to CarPlay. The service works just like other messaging app due to Apple’s sterner rules for CarPlay messaging apps.
How it works: Once the CarPlay app has been added to your WhatsApp app, you will be able to see your unread messages through a badge icon. You will also have your received messages read out to you by Apple Siri, as well as send new ones through dictation.
CarPlay is an app made by Apple that is built into many cars and allows you to use many features such as phone calls, messaging, music and Siri—all while driving. As a driver, you can use your phone’s major features such as text messages, music, calls, and Siri safely.
In other WhatsApp related news, the Facebook subsidiary could be gearing up to give Google and other p2p messaging apps a run for their money if reports of a new payment feature within the app is true. Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp as well as Google-owned Tez are already having their fair share of the market in India; but a competitor is around the corner. WhatsApp is reportedly testing its own p2p service in India.
Reports say that employees of Facebook are already testing the functionality in the app, and the company could soon make it available to 1 percent of users in that country.
The feature is built on India’s Unified Payments Interface [UPI], which allows for instant money transfer between various bank accounts in India; one of the largest tech markets in the world. The UPI is a platform that enables exchange or transfer of funds between customers at no charges; and is the same as what other early entrants into the market are using.
It’s still early days, and details are still sketchy, especially when it comes to how WhatsApp plans to get merchants to use the platform. The messaging app still has to convince merchants to not only hook up with the idea, but rely on it to receive payments.
WhatsApp has a solid userbase in India—and with 200 million people using the app in that country, adding a p2p functionality to its service already gives it a big edge ahead of others. Though, there are small matters of building partnership with merchants and adding more features to the service; the Facebook subsidiary has a strong case.
Google announced last December that its payment app Tez, will soon cross 12 million active users in India—and that is a significant achievement considering the fact that it was only launched in September.