WhatsApp Will Now Help You Search For Businesses

WhatsApp did not specify when these search and payment features would be available in the United States and other parts of the world.

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WhatsApp Will Now Help You Search For Businesses.

Many people use WhatsApp to shop, and they may no longer need to leave the app to locate a store.

WhatsApp now allows you to search for businesses (those that use the service’s Business Platform) by category or name.

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The feature is initially available in the United Kingdom, Colombia, Indonesia, and Mexico, with a larger version that includes small businesses coming soon to Brazil.

WhatsApp also wants to handle payments. Following its August launch in India, the messaging app is now testing in-chat payments in Brazil.

Instead of visiting the web, using another app, or making a face-to-face transaction, you can check out directly with your credit or debit card.

WhatsApp did not specify when these search and payment features would be available in the United States and other parts of the world. WhatsApp only said in a statement that it would expand access “in the future.”

The launch, however, is clearly aimed at countries where WhatsApp is popular, such as Brazil. The South American country is frequently among the first to receive new features, such as the ability to send and receive money.

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It would not be surprising if the technology spreads to other parts of the world. Meta, the company that owns WhatsApp, has made a point of incorporating shopping features into its core products, which include Facebook and Instagram.

These new features may help Meta provide a more consistent commerce experience across its apps — and, of course, make some extra money.

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