WhatsApp is planning an awesome new feature, but you probably won’t be able to use it

WHATSAPP is hard at work on a nifty new feature for its hugely-successful messaging app. But unfortunately, you might not be able to try it out any time soon.

WhatsApp is looking to bring person-to-person payments to its hugely-popular messenger.The Facebook-owned app is purportedly looking to add digital payments very soon, following the surge in popularity of mobile wallet apps such as Paytm and MobiKwik in India, following the country’s demonetisation last year.

WhatsApp is currently the most popular instant messaging app in India, hence why it is focusing its efforts there for this new feature.

The messenger is believed to be in talks with the government to add support for UPI – a new payment system created by the National Payments Corporation of India, or NPCI.

We’re understanding how we can contribute more to the vision of Digital India

WhatsApp spokesperson

UPI is completely open to third-party services, which will allow WhatsApp to incorporate the technology into its messenger.A spokesperson for the company did not directly deny its plans in India, telling Mashable: “India is an important country for WhatsApp, and we’re understanding how we can contribute more to the vision of Digital India.

“We’re exploring how we might work with companies that share this vision and continuing to listen closely to feedback from our users.”

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton visited India a few weeks ago to meet with government officials to discuss ways the US-based company could contribute to “India’s vision for digital commerce”.

The news comes as WhatsApp started to test a redesigned landscape layout for its iPhone software.

The company also recently flip-flopped with its new Status feature.

WhatsApp overhauled its Status feature in a bumper software update back in February.

The redesigned feature lets WhatsApp users broadcast short videos, photos and GIFs to their contacts.

These can all be customised with emojis and handwritten annotations, and is very similar in functionality to Instagram Stories or SnapChat.

Friends and family can react to a Status by tapping on the Reply button, with the response sent as a new WhatsApp message.

Like Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook Messenger, these ephemeral video stories disappear after 24 hours.

Originally, your status on WhatsApp was nothing more than a simple line of text.

The brief message was visible to all contacts and let WhatsApp users share their thoughts, or let friends and family know whether they were available to talk with a range of pre-sets statuses, like “At Work”, “Can’t Talk WhatsApp Only” or “Available”.

Although the rich new Status is clearly an improvement, the fact that WhatsApp users can no longer use the Status feature to inform others whether they are available to talk was a serious downside.

[Copyright By AARON BROWN]