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Whatsapp may soon let you track friends’ location, get notifications on status updates

Instant messaging app WhatsApp is said to be working on a feature that will track live location of members, allowing users to ascertain the whereabouts of their friends in real time.

India TV Tech Desk, New York [Published on:31 Jan 2017, 2:31 PM IST]
Whatsapp may soon let you track friends’ location
Whatsapp may soon let you track friends’ locationPhoto:PTI

Instant messaging app WhatsApp is said to be working on a feature that will track live location of members, allowing users to ascertain the whereabouts of their friends in real time.

In a set of new features that could be rolled out by the company son, the app will allow users to get notifications when friends change their status messages. 

According to the WABetaInfo account on Twitter, which is known for leaking information related to WhatsApp updates, the feature will work on WhatsApp beta version 2.17.3.28 for iOS, 2.16.399+ on Android and will be disabled by default.

"The tracking can be kept on for 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or indefinitely. This comes in handy if you're supposed to meet the gang at a certain location and time, and you want to see how far away from the destination every one in the group is," phonearena.com reported on Monday.

The live streaming can also be disabled so that your group members can't learn where you are at any given moment, it added.

The "Live Location Tracking" is disabled by default, which means that WhatsApp needs to activate it when it is ready to be launched.

In December last year, WhatsApp added the features to revoke and edit the sent messages in a beta version testing. The feature is currently available in WhatsApp beta for the iOS 2.17.1.869 platform.

WhatsApp recently launched a video calling feature from India which was rolled out globally to other countries. The feature is available on all platforms -- Android, iOS and Windows.

With 160 million users in India, WhatsApp is available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages. Nearly 100 million calls are being made on the platform daily worldwide.