A new WhatsApp search tool will soon allow users to hunt for grocery shops or other businesses surrounding their current location.
Soon to be available for all iOS and Android users, the Meta-owned instant messaging app is rolling out a new search feature that will tell you about the businesses nearby. Currently being tested in Sao Paulo, the feature will be rolled out to more locations globally.
With this cool new feature, WhatsApp users will be given the ability to search for hotels, eateries, grocery or clothing stores, etc, without leaving the app. “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,” said WABetaInfo, who first noted and tracked the feature.
This being said, it is likely that WhatsApp will first roll out the business directory feature and then follow it up with the search tool. It has also been reported that once users are allowed to search for products and services nearby it will be only a matter of time before they can place orders for the same.