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WhatsApp’s EU-induced cross-platform messaging feature spotted in iOS app.

WABetaInfo has spotted an in-development “Third-party Chats” feature in the latest beta version of WhatsApp’s iOS app, mirroring a similar feature found in the Android version last September. It’s all thanks to the EU’s Digital Markets Act, which will require dominant messaging apps in Europe like WhatsApp (but probably not iMessage) to offer interoperability with other services when it goes into force in March.

A screenshot of WhatsApp’s iOS app showing “Third-party chats” in a menu.
A screenshot of the in-development “Third-party chats” feature in WhatsApp’s iOS app.
Image: WABetaInfo