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WhatsApp working on in-app browser as it appears for some users in beta version

15 March 2019 4

Instant messaging app WhatsApp frequently rolls out updates offering new features and improvements. One of the most interesting updates was the ability to play audio messages in a row without having to play them manually. There was an ability to do private replies in group chats and more. Now in the latest development, WhatsApp seems to be testing in-app browser that would first launch on WhatsApp Beta and then later for the public build as well.

While in-app browser might not be a huge deal for many that prefer using their ‘primary’ browser like Google Chrome on their smartphones, it’s good to have it on board. First signs of this are seen in WhatsApp beta version 2.19.74 where when a user would click a link, it would open within the app’s in-built web browser, though there should be an option to opt out of it which possibly would be seen once the feature is officially launched.


Interestingly, WhatsApp has also implemented the support for Safe browsing that became part of Android 8.1 through WebView v66. This would alert the users while they’re opening a web page in case it has any malicious content though chances of false positive are also possible.

Secondly, if you happen to opt for the in-app browser, you don’t have to worry about your browsing history being tracked by WhatsApp considering that the Android’s in-app browser functionality is managed by the Android system and isn’t accessible to the apps using it.

This feature isn’t available for everyone even on the beta version though we’ll have to wait for more to see it coming up in future updates. Are you looking forward to this update? Share your views in the comment section below.

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