WhatsApp UPI Payments Feature Leaked on Android Beta App

WhatsApp Android beta versions add UPI payment options

WhatsApp Android beta versions add UPI payment options

Now, with the new update to the beta channel (which brings the application up version 2.17.295), we get a glimpse into a new potential feature for the future.

This may not seem like a lot when compared to other popular messaging platforms, such as Telegram, but WhatsApp went a long, long time without any new features at all. WhatsApp is taking a shot at the review procedure and alarms feature.

Earlier this year there was a report to suggest that WhatsApp could be getting a new mobile payments feature, and a recent report from WABetaInfo has revealed that the feature has been spotted in the latest version of the beta of the app on Android, which you can see in the screenshot to the right. It's called WhatsApp Payments and it looks as if it will allow for immediate bank to bank transfers. To accept WhatsApp payment terms and privacy policy user has to tap on agreeing and continue at the bottom of the page.

"As far as Whatsapp is concerned, discussions have commenced..."

In what could come as a good news for Whatsapp users, the chatting app can now be used to transfer money through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transaction system. According to his statement, Google will probably be the first add UPI payments in India, given the talks are complete and the company is now waiting for RBI approval.

Facebook acquainted the person with person payment feature in 2015 and now the component has extended to bunches too. UPI makes transfers seamless without users having to rely on account numbers, IFSC code, etc. In April, sources familiar with the matter told India-based media company The Ken that WhatsApp is quietly working on launching peer-to-peer payments on its platform in the next six month.

Even though WhatsApp is yet to confirm how the payment service will work, it's highly likely to be similar to Truecaller's. For WhatsApp, which plans to introduce services as an option soon, a UPI-based payment in India could be a boon.

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