WhatsApp is among the hottest messaging apps on the earth (with over 2 billion customers), even so, one of many drawbacks of utilizing the app is that it’s important to share your cellphone quantity with anybody you wish to chat with — yup, even in case you use the QR code choice.
This may positively be a privateness concern for some customers, particularly in the event that they wish to talk with strangers or companies with out having to disclose their private data, and that’s why WhatsApp is engaged on a brand new function that may permit customers to create distinctive usernames for his or her accounts, in response to WABetaInfo.
Usernames are already accessible on different messaging apps like Telegram, which lets customers disguise their cellphone numbers and speak to one another by typing their usernames. WhatsApp could observe an identical method, permitting customers to decide on their very own usernames and attain out to others with out sharing their cellphone numbers.
The function continues to be in growth and has not been formally introduced by WhatsApp but — so it’s unclear the way it will work precisely. It might be restricted to sure varieties of accounts, comparable to companies or verified customers, or it could be accessible for everybody. It might even have some restrictions on how usually customers can change their usernames or what number of characters they will use.
WhatsApp has been introducing many new options these days, comparable to the power to edit despatched messages, lock chats with biometric authentication, and use the identical account on a number of units. Nonetheless, some customers are nonetheless ready for an iPad app, which has been rumored for a very long time however has not been launched but.