The Facebook-owned instant messaging application, Whatsapp has been spotted with an in-built browser. Well, the app is popularly known for releasing regular updates.
It is called Safe browsing feature, as the app helps detect unsafe pages with this feature. With the new feature, the app will alert users when a page is not secured, and comes with unwanted content.
The “Safe Browsing” feature was added to Android 8.1 last year, and it automatically alerts users when a page is infected with malicious content.
Nevertheless, the feature was only spotted in WhatsApp version 2.19.74 beta mode, which means that it is under development and disabled by default.
As we all know, Whatsapp beta mode is an upcoming major updates to the messaging app. And like others, it might come quickly, and sometime in the future.
According to WABetaInfo reported on Friday, it works simple, as the in-app browser opens up every time the user tries to open a link shared over the app.
“If you choose to use the in-app browser when it will be available in future, you should not worry because WhatsApp or Facebook would not be able to access your search history because the feature uses an Android Application Programming Interface (API), so everything is managed by the system,” the report said.
And it also added that “In the current stage of development, WhatsApp doesn’t allow to natively make screenshots or video captures while using the in-app browser: reasons are unknown and we don’t know if this will change before the release of the feature,”
“WhatsApp is intention ed to enable this feature for everyone, but this is a great news that confirms their interest for the Android platform,”
Anyways, the beta is open for user-testing through the Google Play Beta Programme, and it is not available as yet and it will require Android 4.1 or newer to function.