WHATSAPP is poised to add mobile payments to its hugely-popular chat app, leaked screenshots have revealed. WhatsApp plans to introduce peer-to-peer payments to its iOS and Android chat app, screenshots unearthed in the latest beta have revealed.
WhatsApp Payments was first spotted in the 2.17.295 beta version of the Android version of the Facebook-owned chat app.
It appears the upcoming feature will enable WhatsApp users to wirelessly transfer money within the messenger.
Facebook, which bought WhatsApp for a record $19 billion back in February 2014, has already added a peer-to-peer payment solution to its Messenger chat app.
Apple is set to introduce the ability to send money via Apple Pay within its iMessage chat service with the launch of iOS 11 this autumn.
WhatsApp recently announced that it had passed one billion daily active users.
The hugely-successful chat app was originally launched in 2009 by ex Yahoo! employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum.
The service has gone from strength to strength, especially since the Facebook acquisition in 2014.
WhatsApp also confirmed that 55 billion messages and 4.5 billion photos were shared using the service each day.
Publishing its latest statistics, WhatsApp announced in a blog post: “Just last year, we shared that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every month.
“Today, we are excited and proud to share that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every day to stay in touch with their family and friends.
“Whether it’s sharing personalised photos and videos, connecting through video calling, or keeping friends updated throughout the day with Status, communicating on WhatsApp has never been easier or more personal.
“We are humbled that so many people are using these new features to connect with one another in their own special way.
“As we celebrate this milestone, we’re committed more than ever to bringing you more useful features to enjoy, while delivering the reliability, simplicity, and security you expect with WhatsApp. Thank you for your continued support.”