WhatsApp for Android Beta Spotted With In-App Browser: Report

WhatsApp for Android Beta Spotted With In-App Browser: Report

Highlights

  • WhatsApp version 2.19.74 was spotted to feature an in-app browser
  • It will help detect unsafe pages using the “Safe Browsing” feature
  • It would alert users when a page is infected with malicious content

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has reportedly submitted the beta version of its next update that supports an in-app browser, a feature which is still under development and disabled by default.

WhatsApp version 2.19.74 was spotted to feature an in-app browser every time the user tries to open a link shared over the app, WABetaInfo reportedĀ on Friday.

“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.

The feature is also being built to detect unsafe pages using the “Safe Browsing” feature which was added to Android 8.1 last year. It would alert users when a page is infected with malicious content.