Instant messaging app WhatsApp has achieved a new milestone today. In early 2016, WhatsApp had acquired one billion users on WhatsApp and now they are celebrating one billion active users that rely on WhatsApp daily for communication.
WhatsApp is constantly experimenting with new things and this time, they are making videos more seamless with your current chat conversations. After opening up WhatsApp file transfer to any file format, the next big thing would be picture-in-picture viewing for both YouTube and video calls.
WhatsApp has just introduced a new way of securing your account. If the standard SMS verification isn’t enough, you can now add another layer with its new two-step verification. So even if someone grabs hold of your SIM or hijacks your mobile number, this will prevent unwanted access to your WhatsApp account.
WhatsApp has finally rolled out end to end encryption for all users. Initially released only for Android users via Open Whisper Systems, the new encryption now covers all forms of communications including WhatsApp calls, photos, videos and file transfers on both Android and iOS platforms.
If you’re running on the latest version of WhatsApp, encryption will be enabled automatically by default.
A document has surfaced detailing that Facebook will be launching ads in their Messenger app sometime in the Q2 of 2016. That means instead of getting harassed by friends who need help with “likes” on their newly established page or participation in an assignment survey of theirs, you’ll now be getting bombarded by businesses and brands.
Well, when you compare the two, it’s essentially the same thing but with “friends” you could easily just get rid of them by “unfriending” them, ads on the opposing end is more or less involuntary.
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WhatsApp has finally announced that their app is going to be completely free for everyone. This is because WhatsApp realises that many of their customers did not possess credit or debit cards and were afraid of losing their access to this service.
If you’re the type of person who switch phones regularly, you probably understand the agony of transferring WhatsApp chat history from one device to another. Now there’s a better solution on the way as Google has just announced Google Drive backup integration with WhatsApp.
This allows you to save those important WhatsApp chats, audio messages, photos and even videos to the cloud, so you’ll never lose them if anything happens to your device.
After introducing WhatsApp for Web and WhatsApp Voice, their upcoming feature would be good news for those that switch phones often. If you’re tired of manually copying WhatsApp database files, their new version now supports direct cloud backup with Google Drive integration.
Following its appointment as the official reseller of ChatSIM in Malaysia, DirectD is now accepting pre-orders for is unlimited global instant messaging SIM that can help save you on data roaming charges. The ChatSIM is priced at RM64.90 (inclusive of GST) and it comes with a year of validity.
You can place your orders now but stocks are expected to arrive in 5 weeks time. There are 2 versions available – ChatSIM and ChatSIM Plus, which are essentially the same except for its list of supported networks and countries. By default, the subscription grants you unlimited usage of internet messaging such as WhatsApp, Line, WeChat, Skype and ChatOn. However if you need to send more data intensive files like photos and video, you’ll need to top up credits which are charged according to the country you’re in.
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It is reported that WhatsApp is working on a Cloud storage backup by allowing you to save your chat history and exchanged photos and videos on your Google Drive storage. This of course like any auto backup solutions would require your permission and you’ll need to grant Google Drive access to your WhatsApp application.
Usually if you’re switching from one Android to another, you would need to manually copy out the Database and Media folder into your new device. At least for iOS users, iCloud is doing a pretty good job of backing up and restoring your entire WhatsApp app completely with your past conversations. So far there’s no mention of its official roll out and hopefully it gets here soon before your next smart phone migration. If everything stored on the cloud, it would be great if the future WhatsApp Web could operate independently without being dependent on your smart phone.