The WhatsApp payments platform will start operating in Mexico, Brazil and the United Kingdom this 2019. It will work with credit and debit cards like Samsung Pay or Apple Pay, according to WABetainfo reports. WhatsApp will also integrate an internal browser after its last update.
WhatsApp payments use UPI in India. When launched in Brazil, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, they will use debit and credit cards such as Samsung Pay and Apple Pay.
WhatsApp Pay is ready to expand to three new countries: Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. The payment service already exists as a beta in India, but now it will make its debut in these three countries.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the expansion to more markets during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. There is still no information on which of these countries will get the function first, but the launching is a fact.
An interesting thing to keep in mind about the payments service is that in India it uses the Unified Payment Interface, which is a service for the Indian market. However, when it launches in Brazil, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, it will heavily use debit and credit cards such as Samsung Pay and Apple Pay.
In related news, the new update of WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.74 includes a browser in the app. The function is activated whenever a user touches a shared link within a chat. Then, the app launches an inside browser. WABetainfo also states that if a user chooses the browser integrated into the application, their search history will not be accessible to WhatsApp or Facebook from the user’s “application programming interface” (API) function.