Also, anyone can access the beta version of WhatsApp as a tester from the Google Play Beta Program.
According to a blog website WABetaInfo late on Wednesday, WhatsApp was finally giving shape to its plans towards bank-to-bank transfer using the UPI system. Aside from the information obtained from the splash screen, there is no word yet from the developers of the chat application regarding the new addition to its list of services.
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, during his trip to India early this year, had said that the company may enter digital payments and that it is in "early stages" of investigating the segment.
Also, it is mentioned in the official WhatsApp Payments section for Android which is still in the hidden section.
A new Beta update will enable the feature on the app.
Earlier a PTI report had indicated that WhatsApp will likely get UPI integration before Facebook Messenger.
The UPI, which facilitates instant fund transfer between two bank accounts on the mobile platform, was launched by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
"As far as Whatsapp is concerned, discussions have commenced..."
As per a blog in the WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is testing a new feature wherein it will allow users to make bank to bank transfers using UPI.
Facebook introduced the person to person payment feature way back in 2015 and now the feature has expanded to groups as well.
According to PTI report, Paytm has a bugger user base than WhatsApp so there are chances that it could outdo WhatsApp's popularity if the chat service goes live.
Interestingly, India's leading mobile wallet app Paytm, just a few weeks ago announced its decision to introduce a messaging feature on its platform as WhatsApp is introducing payments feature. It is worth noting that WhatsApp has more than 200 million users in India.