WhatsApp is likely one of the hottest messaging apps on this planet (with over 2 billion customers), even so, one of many drawbacks of utilizing the app is that you need to share your telephone quantity with anybody you need to chat with — yup, even in the event you use the QR code choice.
This will undoubtedly be a privateness concern for some customers, particularly in the event that they need to talk with strangers or companies with out having to disclose their private information, and that’s why WhatsApp is engaged on a brand new function that can 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 telephone numbers and get in touch with one another by typing their usernames. WhatsApp could comply with an identical method, permitting customers to decide on their very own usernames and attain out to others with out sharing their telephone 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 forms of accounts, reminiscent of 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’ll use.
WhatsApp has been introducing many new options currently, reminiscent of the flexibility to edit despatched messages, lock chats with biometric authentication, and use the identical account on a number of gadgets. Nevertheless, some customers are nonetheless ready for an iPad app, which has been rumored for a very long time however has not been launched but.