Meta-owned WhatsApp continues its updates, gearing up with innovative features for South African users.
In South Africa, WhatsApp reigns as the top messaging platform due to its free service and regular updates. Its recent addition of Channels further solidifies its popularity.
Over the past two years, the platform’s user base has seen a significant rise from 21 million to 23 million. Projections hint at a potential surge to 26 million users by 2026. Remarkably, 93.3% of social media users in the country leverage WhatsApp.
Prior to public releases, WhatsApp tests new updates with beta testers to resolve potential glitches that might impact the app’s performance.
WABetaInfo, a data service, meticulously reports on upcoming WhatsApp features, setting the stage for what’s to come.
Particularly useful for individuals who’ve lost their phones without performing a SIM swap.
Despite this, creating and using a WhatsApp account still mandates a linked phone number. However, logging in with a phone number remains an option. The rollout will occur gradually over the next few weeks with the latest iOS app version.
Select beta testers now have access to this shortcut from the chat list, enhancing convenience. Previously, users had to navigate a separate section within chat info for chat locks. This new update simplifies the process.
Expected rollout: over the next few weeks with the updated iOS app version.
The search bar will facilitate finding others via usernames, improving connectivity without sharing personal phone numbers. This offers enhanced privacy, ensuring users can connect without disclosing their digits.
WABetaInfo emphasizes the heightened privacy this feature will bring, as users can connect without revealing their phone numbers.
In conclusion, WhatsApp’s commitment to innovation benefits South African users, ensuring an improved and more secure messaging experience. As these features roll out, users can anticipate a more personalized and secure way of communication.