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  • A new beta WhatsApp feature enables encrypted, local network file sharing with nearby users.
  • Adding notes to contacts is also in beta testing.

WhatsApp is working on a couple of major feature updates for its messaging app. This includes one that lets users share files via a local network and a way to jot down notes for people in your contact list.

If you think you’ve heard about this before, you wouldn’t be wrong. The ability to share files through a local network has previously been reported. However, new screenshots of the app’s install screen show which specific permissions are required for users to enable the feature.