WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Meta (Facebook), is introducing new search features that will alert you to local businesses. According to WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, this feature has been rolled out to some users in So Paulo and will be rolled out to additional people in the future.
Both iOS and Android users will be able to enjoy this new amazing function. Users of WhatsApp will appreciate the ability to search for hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, retail stores, and other locations without having to leave the app. “ When you use WhatsApp to search for something, you’ll notice a new area called “Nearby Businesses.”
“When you select a category, your business account’s results are sorted based on your choices,” WABetaInfo explains. This functionality is not yet available, but it will be for users who already have access to the business directory in a future release. Unfortunately, there is no information available about the capacity of those who do not live in So Paulo to access the Business Directory’s capabilities.
Not only that, but with the release of WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.214.171.124, WhatsApp offered a revamped page for business information. When you access the roster on iOS, this works similarly to the contact card, and on Android, status updates. WhatsApp Beta for iOS and Android is expected to receive the same revised contact information page in a future version.
WhatsApp employs the same UI as the business information app, but with a few tweaks. A search shortcut to discover your tracker is introduced on the contact information page.