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As businesses are slowly beginning to open, many of them are moving to digital platforms, with WhatsApp Business being a popular choice for connecting with consumers. A new feature in the app now lets you share a QR code with a quick message to get customers started with placing orders.WhatsApp recently gave users the ability to share a personal QR code and Group QR code with others. This makes it easier and faster to share and contact via the biggest instant messenger app on the planet.Prior to this you’d have to exchange phone numbers, including area codes, which could be cumbersome. The same feature has now rolled on to WhatsApp Business, which lets you directly contact businesses and place orders from your own WhatsApp account.The feature is now available globally, and all you have to do is make sure your app is running the latest version from the Google Play Store.Once you are updated, start the app and navigate to the three dots at the top right of the app, and open Settings. You will get a new screen, open Business Tools. At the bottom of the new page, you will see Short link. Tap on that.If you wish to change the message that a customer will send once they scan the QR Code, then you can tap the pencil icon (1) to curate a custom message e.g. “Are you currently taking orders?”.Once you have curated your message, proceed to View QR Code (2). The last step is generating the QR code.All you have to do is take a screenshot and share it as you wish. You can also tap Share Code at the bottom to set the QR Code as a profile picture on Facebook, share it to your Instagram, set it as a WhatsApp Status, share it on your personal WhatsApp account, etc.How to scan a WhatsApp Business QR CodeTo scan the code, open your personal WhatsApp account and go back to the first step, after Settings, and press the QR Code icon that you see on the far right next to your name and status.You will slide to Scan Code by swiping to the right and placing the WhatsApp Business QR code in the square.This will allow you to scan a WhatsApp Business account and initiate contact with them via a short message which you can if you wish to ask a different question.
WhatsApp recently released a feature that allowed you to share contacts using a QR Code. This allowed for users to share their own and scan other QR Codes, saving users the trouble of exchanging mobile numbers or contact details. A new feature lets you share WhatsApp QR Code for groups, allowing you to invite others to join your private groups.The feature is currently in beta, but once it becomes public will maintain the same steps.A pre-requisite to this step is being the Admin of a group. This helps prevents members of the group from abusing the feature.In addition, the QR code is static. Anyone with access to the QR code can join the group, so be careful who you share it with.Step 1.If you are the admin of a group, tap on your group settings. You can quickly access this by pressing the header of your group.Alternatively, you can also press the three dots at the top right of the group window, and tapping on Group info.Step 2.Tap on Invite via link. You’ll see a lot of options here, but there will be a new option for QR Code, tap on that.WhatsApp will generate a QR code for that group.Step 3.If you’re looking at scanning the code, go back to your main screen on WhatsApp (where all your chats are located).Press the 3 dots at the top right of the screen and choose Settings. Look to the right of your name and status to see a QR Code icon.Once you tap on it, swipe to the right and you’ll get the option to scan a WhatsApp QR Code.If you’re looking to share the code, you can take a screenshot of the QR code and send it to the person for them to scan via their computer screen using their phone.Alternatively, if the person is in physical distance, they can also scan the code directly from your phone screen.The feature is currently in Beta, and might not be available to all users. You’ll have to wait patiently for the feature to become public.With the help of QR codes, adding people to a group is now further streamlined. You no longer have to add a person as a contact to add them to a group.Errors, omissions? Be sure to let us know what might be wrong and we’ll make an adjustment.
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WhatsApp recently pushed an update to Beta testers that lets users add each other via QR codes. This saves people the trouble of sending phone numbers and makes the process of adding people much simpler. The feature is also found in popular apps like Instagram, Messenger, and Snapchat, so if you’ve used those apps before, the process is the same.WhatsApp QR Codes – Making contacts easier than beforeWith the addition of WhatsApp QR code, you just need to send your QR code or scan another person’s code to add them instantly. When you add someone from a different country, you needed to include the + with their region area code and phone number, and add them as a contact.The new process makes sharing a QR code a cinch and also scanning a QR code is easier. If you’re savvy enough, you can also make it a part of your personal website, visiting card or other places for people to add you instantly.With all that said, let us get into how to do it.Pre-requisite: The only real pre-requisite needed here is to make sure you are in the WhatsApp beta program. As of the time of writing this post, the beta program is full, so you will have to wait for it to open if you aren’t in it already.Step 1Open up WhatsApp and tap the 3 dots at the top right of the app.Next, choose Settings.Step 2 Look to the far right of your name and status for a small QR code icon. Tap on it.This will generate your curated QR code for your number, ready for sharing and scanning. You can take a screenshot of this page and share it with someone or wherever you wish.Step 3To scan a QR code simply swipe to the right and you can now scan the QR code by pointing the camera at the screen of the person’s phone or wherever the QR code could be hosted (online, WhatsApp Web, etc.)You can also add the QR code without the camera by searching for the image via the gallery.Simply press the gallery button at the bottom left of the Scan Code screen and search for the image shown in step 2. Which shows the QR code in the image.As long as the compatible WhatsApp QR code is placed on the image, you can directly add the contact using a saved image as well.With that added, you can now repeat the process for all the contacts you meet. The feature should go live for all users very soon but for now its a feature exclusive to the Beta users.This will make sharing contact information easy and swift. Especially in places like business events, parties, etc.If you found this guide to be useful, let us know in the comments section below!
WhatsApp is testing the use of QR codes to let users add contacts to the messaging platform, reports WABetaInfo. The
Messenger Rooms is a way for you to make a private room with your Facebook friends where you can carry out text and chats safely and securely. WhatsApp, for its part, recently integrated the ability to include Messenger Rooms in their apps.Combining the two into one experience is a piece of cake and only takes a few simple steps. All you need to do, for the most part, is make sure you’re on the latest version of WhatsApp and Messenger from the Play Store.Making a Messenger Room has never been easier!Pre-requisite: assuming you are on the latest version of WhatsApp and Messenger, you should be able to carry out every step in this guide. Before you start, make sure you visit the Google Play store and have the latest version of both apps installed.Step 1Open up a WhatsApp chat of a person you would want to invite in the chat. From here, tap on the paperclip to the left of the photo button. You will see the option for Rooms.Tap on Rooms and a pop-up notification will ask you to confirm. Tap on “Continue in Messenger”Step 2When Messenger is open, you’ll see the prompt for confirming the creation of the room as your current messenger profile.Once you confirm the option, you will have the option of sharing the link in WhatsApp. Upon tapping on the link, you’ll be taken back to WhatsApp and can share the link with anyone in WhatsApp.Step 3If there is somebody who you don’t have in your WhatsApp contact list, you can copy the link and paste via the clipboard.The people who click the link will need to be on the latest version of WhatsApp and Messenger as well. This will ensure that everyone gets into the room on the first try.If you’re not able to see Rooms in your WhatsApp, it likely means that it’s not available in your region or that you your app needs updated.Messenger Rooms is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, and it saves the trouble of installing extra apps like Zoom on your smartphone.If this guide helped you out, let us know in the comments section below!
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Nearly a year ago, Google announced it was acquiring the popular fitness band maker Fitbit for $2.1 billion dollars. However, as per usual, big acquisitions such as this aren’t a simple transaction. They require the approval of government bodies and wading through a lot of red tape before being finalized.The EU has given Google a reason to be jolly for the holidays though by approving the acquisition of Fitbit, although it comes with some conditions.For starters, Google must agree to keep Fitbit user’s health data separate from its ad business. This was the number one concern of many Fitbit uses upon hearing the news of the Google buyout. Users in the EU will also have the option to prevent Google apps such as Assistant and Maps from viewing their data from Fitbit.Next, Google is required to maintain Fitbit’s previous web API that gives third-party software access to the data that is collected. For example, apps that allowed syncing of your Fitbit data such as calorie counting apps.Lastly, Google cannot give itself an unfair advantage by giving its products exclusive access to features or degrade the experience for third-party wearables. All improvements and changes must be made freely available as part of the Android Open Source Project giving access to its competitors.All of this sounds perfectly reasonable, and Google must abide by these restrictions for a term of 10 years, at which time the ad restrictions may be renewed if deemed necessary.The EU approval is an important hurdle for Google to clear, however, it is still waiting on approval from the U.S. government. Unfortunately for Google, the Justice Department and several states are currently suing the search giant over antitrust violations. It may be more difficult to get the rubber stamp on the Fitbit acquisition considering all of the heat Google has on it from regulators in America.
We’re only weeks away from Samsung’s upcoming jam-packed Unpacked event on January 14, 2021. At the event, we expect to see the launch of the Korean brand’s latest Galaxy S21 lineup of smartphones, along with the new Galaxy Buds Pro.As is tradition with these big launches, pretty much everything has leaked out ahead of time. We’ve already seen renders of the S21, official teaser videos, and even a hands-on video. Now, we’re getting a fresh set of renders that show off the S21 in four different colors.The renders come from us via notable leaker Ishan Agarwal’s Twitter account and reveal the S21 in Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Grey, and Phantom White. Is that enough Phantom for you? Perhaps we should throw in a Phantom of the Opera as well.Besides the colors, the renders don’t really show off anything we haven’t seen before. Samsung is going for another center hole-punch camera on the front, and making use of a unique metal frame around the camera housing on the back. What is sure to be the Galaxy S21’s defining design characteristic.Those aren’t the only renders to have leaked out though. Alongside the Galaxy S21 images, we also saw WinFuture publish press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in Phantom Silver. The device really stands out with its massive camera bump which takes center stage, featuring five cameras in total. It’s speculated one of those cameras will feature a 108MP sensor.If photos don’t get you excited then maybe a hands-on review of the Galaxy S21 Plus will. Following up from his previous videos, YouTube user Random Stuff 2 has uploaded an unofficial review of the device weeks before the official announcement.In the video, he confirms the Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, and runs Android 11 out of the box. On the camera side, we see that the S21 Plus will use a 64MP, 12MP, 12MP triple rear camera setup featuring 3X optical zoom.The video also gives us a look at some preliminary sample images with a comparison to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Just remember the Galaxy S21 Plus isn’t running final software so the image quality may change.It seems just about everything has leaked out about Samsung’s latest flagship, but we’re still waiting on confirmation that the S Pen will make its way to the S21 Ultra. Earlier reports suggested Samsung would kill off the Note series of phones this year after adding support for the S Pen to the S-series. However, it looks like the death of the Note may be delayed for a later date.
OnePlus has been said to be working on a smartwatch as early as 2016, but now it seems like a soon-to-be-realized reality.On December 14, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau held a meeting over video call with various journalists discussing the future of OnePlus and some of the events in the past year or so of their history. He discussed Carl Pei’s departure from the company, the controversy over the Facebook partnership, how their TV is a step towards building an ecosystem of devices, and how the upcoming smartwatch ties into that ecosystem.Lau discussed how a smartwatch was scrapped in 2015 because the company wanted to stay focused on phones at the time, having just made the OnePlus 2 with its own issues and the production of the budget X phone.More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It’s just a matter of timepic.twitter.com/r6RIILU8AQ— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2020Now, though, OnePlus has been well-established in the smartphone market and they’re looking to build an ecosystem. According to Lau, they are working with Google to improve Wear OS and the interconnection between Wear OS, Android TV, and Android smartphones.In addition, Lau discussed the company’s goals to improve their phone cameras as well as a desire to stay out of the foldables market.
The other day, Qualcomm announced their QCC305x Bluetooth chipsets meant to power mid-tier and entry-level true wireless earbuds, bringing some premium features to the lower end.The new chipset supports Qualcomm aptX Voice and cVc Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression for better voice callsIn addition, the Qualcomm QCC305x supports:Always-on wake wordsQualcomm Adaptive Active Noise CancellationQualcomm aptX Adaptive with up to 96Khz audio resolutionBluetooth Low Energy & Bluetooth 5.2This is assisted by the new support on Snapdragon 888 which supports Bluetooth 5.2, LE Audio, aptX, and other featuresYou can read the entire press release here.