WhatsApp might quickly introduce usernames


WhatsApp has been rolling out a fixed stream of updates these days throughout its platform. The newest information comes within the type of a profile replace, with WhatsApp reportedly engaged on a brand new username choice, WABetaInfo studies. Included within the newest WhatsApp beta for Android replace is a brand new area within the profile part of the app, which asks customers to decide on their very own distinctive deal with.

The added choice brings WhatsApp one step nearer to how folks talk on fellow Meta-owned app Instagram, although not a lot is thought about how a username will work on the messaging app. It may imply a major change in how folks discover one another on WhatsApp and improve their privateness — as a substitute of an individual needing to share their private telephone quantity or QR code to speak, a user-chosen username may be sufficient. Finish-to-end encryption is claimed to nonetheless be deployed on WhatsApp conversations began by username.

This announcement comes on the heels of one other sought-out function launch: message enhancing. The replace permits WhatsApp customers to change a message inside quarter-hour of sending it, with the caveat that it’ll have the phrase “edited” written beside the timestamp. The messaging app additionally rolled out “Chat Lock” in Might, a device that permits you to make particular one-on-one or group chats out there solely by getting into your password or biometric scanning. It additionally stops messages from popping up as notifications.

As for usernames, WhatsApp has but to set a launch date and even affirm the function. It would seemingly be supplied to beta customers first when it does arrive earlier than rolling out throughout all units. 

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