WhatsApp to let you search for hotels, grocery stores, clothing stores in the app

Meta’s (Facebook) -owned instant messaging app, WhatsApp, is rolling out a new search feature that will tell you about nearby businesses. The feature has been released for some people in Sao Paulo and it will be rolled out to more people in the future, WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo noted. This cool new feature will be available for iOS and Android users. It will be useful for WhatsApp users to search for hotels, restaurants, grocery or clothing stores etc. without leaving the app.

“When you search for something in WhatsApp, there will be a new section called ‘Nearby businesses’: when you select the category, the results for business accounts will be filtered based on your choice,” WABetaInfo said.

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WhatsApp businesses nearby (WABetaInfo)

This feature is not yet available, but it will be in a future update for people who can already use the Business Directory. Unfortunately, there is no information on the possibility of using the features of the Business Directory for people who do not live in São Paulo.

Not only that, after releasing the WhatsApp beta update for iOS 2.21.170.12, WhatsApp introduced a redesigned page for Business Info: it is very similar to iOS contact cards when you open your address book and, on Android, it also allows you to open their status updates.

In a future WhatsApp beta update for iOS and Android, WhatsApp also plans to introduce the same redesigned page for contact information. WhatsApp will use the same interface that was introduced for Business Info, but there is a small addition, the Contact Info page will introduce a search shortcut, the tracker found.

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Anne G. Cash