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WhatsApp is one step closer to replacing regular phone calls with this new feature

WhatsApp is venturing into new territory with the exploration of an in-app dialer and the development of offline file sharing capabilities, aiming to streamline communication and enhance user convenience.

By: ANNIE SHARMA
Updated on: Apr 25 2024, 09:30 IST
The integration of a dialer within WhatsApp would eliminate the need to save contacts in the address book or navigate through conversation threads. (unsplash)

In a bid to enhance user convenience, WhatsApp is reportedly exploring the integration of an in-app dialer feature. This new functionality, as per a report by WABetaInfo, aims to streamline the process of placing calls directly through the messaging platform. While the specific implementation details remain undisclosed, the potential benefits of such a feature are clear.

WhatsApp new features: Advantages of the In-App Dialer

The envisioned in-app dialer holds promise for various scenarios where users require temporary or spontaneous calls. Whether it's for business meetings, inquiries, or online transactions, the integration of a dialer within WhatsApp would eliminate the need to save contacts in the address book or navigate through conversation threads.

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Moreover, this feature could significantly enhance the user experience by facilitating voice calls without the need to switch to the default stock dialer app. Leveraging Internet data for calls made through WhatsApp makes them more cost-effective, especially for international communication, thus appealing to users with Wi-Fi access or budget-friendly data plans.

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WhatsApp new features: File Sharing

In parallel to its dialer exploration, WhatsApp is also developing a novel feature to enable file and document sharing without the reliance on an Internet connection. This forthcoming functionality aims to simplify the process of transferring files to nearby devices by introducing a dedicated section within the app settings.

WhatsApp new features: Enhancing Privacy and Security

The proposed file-sharing mechanism prioritises user privacy and security. Through a streamlined permission management system, users can control their visibility to nearby individuals, ensuring that only desired connections are established. Notably, the end-to-end encryption of file transfers and the concealment of phone numbers throughout the process underscore WhatsApp's commitment to safeguarding user data.

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WhatsApp's ongoing efforts to introduce innovative features reflect its commitment to enhancing user experience and functionality. The potential integration of an in-app dialer and the development of offline file sharing capabilities align with the platform's ethos of providing seamless communication solutions. As these features progress through development, users can anticipate further advancements aimed at simplifying and enriching their messaging experience.

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First Published Date: 25 Apr, 09:30 IST
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