WhatsApp is said to have a redesigned user interface for the contact information page in the works. The instant messaging app is also said to be working on an option that would allow users to filter nearby companies when accessing the in-app company directory. However, the directory is not yet available to all users. In addition, it was discovered that WhatsApp was developing a way for group administrators to link their groups to a community on iOS. It had previously appeared on WhatsApp for Android.
According to a report by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is developing the redesigned contact info page for Android and iOS users. It’s supposed to be similar to the updated Business Info page that was discovered in a beta version of the app back in August.
The redesigned contact info page also seems to have a special search shortcut to provide a unique experience. According to WABetaInfo, it will initially be limited to iOS users. The redesign should, however, be available to both iOS and Android users in the future.
WABetaInfo shared a screenshot from iOS to give us a glimpse of the redesigned contact info page for beta testers before it was released. The screenshot suggests that the new user interface may look similar to the standard contact cards on the iPhone.
Separately, WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is working on the filter option that appears when searching for nearby businesses. It would help you filter results specifically for locations like restaurants, grocery stores, and clothing.
The in-app business directory for finding businesses nearby was launched in September as part of a pilot in São Paulo. However, it has not yet spread to users worldwide.
WABetaInfo has also found some clues that allow group administrators on iOS to link their groups to a community. The WhatsApp for iOS beta version 126.96.36.199 proposed the update. The same functionality of linking groups to a community was made available to Android users earlier this month through WhatsApp beta version 188.8.131.52. However, it has not yet been made available to beta testers.
It is important to note that WhatsApp has not yet confirmed the rollout of the reported features. It can therefore make some changes before sharing them with end users.