WhatsApp Business is now available to a select number of testers
WhatsApp is building an all-new version of its popular messaging app.
The dramatically different app will be designed from the ground-up to enable customers and companies to communicate.
Dubbed WhatsApp Business, the new service will allow Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, to monetise the hugely-successful messenger.
WhatsApp COO Matt Idema talked about WhatsApp Business to Fox earlier this year.
Idema said: “We want to put a basic foundation in place to allow people to message businesses and for them to get the responses that they want.
“We do intend on charging businesses in the future.”
An early version of the service has been made available to testers, although there is no official launch date for the general public.
Technology blog Android Police has trawled through the latest beta version and highlighted a number of new features coming to WhatsApp Business.