As reported by WABetaInfo, an updated WhatsApp for Android beta update (version 126.96.36.199) has recently become available, and it contains a display that has been created called “Third-party chats.”
In accordance with WABetaInfo, this control panel remains not functional and is not available to users. But the title of the application certainly indicates it is the initial stage of making Meta’s encrypted messaging programs cross-platform accessible.
See the screenshot that comes. The function is still undergoing development, therefore the only information it provides is a preview sample.
The European Commission just determined that Meta, the business that runs WhatsApp, meets into the category of a “gatekeeper” within the regulations of the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). This beta launch comes shortly after the statement. By March 2024, connection with third-party messaging apps must be determined by software for communication like WhatsApp with this category.
The DMA’s major objective, given to the FAQ the European Commission issued concerning the law,is to prohibit barriers from applying unjust conditions and to ensure the availability of vital online services.
The DMA wants gatekeepers to enable consumers to remove already-installed applications and browse other app businesses in along with regulating messaging apps to be accessible.
The two Microsoft and Meta have made clear that they intend to launch their very own mobile app shops in reaction to the DMA. iMessage from Apple and the Bing search engine, Edge browser, and ad service by Microsoft are both being examined by the European Commission to determine if they meet the criteria of the recently introduced legislation.