WhatsApp is working on filtering businesses nearby

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After announcing the new chat shortcut to open your quick replies, WhatsApp is working on new features to offer to customers.


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Businesses Nearby
Status? Under development
Availability? WhatsApp is planning to release this feature in a future update.
I’ve installed this update but I don’t see this feature. Why? Since this feature is under development, it’s not available to beta testers, but you can discover a preview in this article.
Previous news? WhatsApp is working on a revamped Contact Info page

6 months ago, we explained what is the business directory: a new way to quickly find new business accounts on WhatsApp without leaving the app. The feature has been released for some people in São Paulo and it will be rolled out to more people in the future.
Today, we can finally announce that WhatsApp is developing another feature to easily search for businesses nearby by filtering them using a new interface:

As you can see in this screenshot, when you search for something within WhatsApp, there will be a new section called “Businesses Nearby”: when you select the category, the results of business accounts will be filtered based on your choice.
Even if the screenshot was taken from WhatsApp beta for Android, the same feature will be released on WhatsApp beta for iOS as well, but there is no information about the release date.
This feature is not available yet, but it will be available in a future update for people that can already use the Business Directory. Unfortunately, there is no information about the ability to use features from the Business Directory for people that don’t live in São Paulo: we have to wait for official news.

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