News tagged: WhatsApp
Following a government meeting on Monday, Afghanistan decided to reverse course and avoid blocking WhatsApp and Telegram. The country's Ministry of Communications and Information sent letters to internet service providers last week telling them to block those services.
Afghanistan's telecom regulator contacted regional ISPs last week ordering them to block two popular messaging apps, Telegram and WhatsApp. Some users have reported trouble accessing the services, but it appears the order had little impact on accessibility.
Again highlighting the issue of fake and misleading apps on the Google Play Store, more than a million people accidentally downloaded a convincingly fake WhatsApp app. The software, called Update WhatsApp, was still available on the store until it was covered in the media.
Pretty much every messaging platform out there offers a desktop client for those who want to stay in touch, but WhatsApp is now reportedly working on a PC client that would be available only for Windows 10 users. The company is currently testing a Windows Store version of its PC
If you accidentally send something through WhatsApp or simply share something you later regret, the messaging application now offers an unsend feature called 'Delete for everyone." With this capability you can delete messages after they have gone out.
WhatsApp has joined other messaging applications in offering users the ability to share their location in real-time. The feature has appeared on Android and iOS, and you can reach the option in the same area you'd find the normal "share location" function.
A limited version of free in-flight internet has been announced by Delta Air Lines. The company is going to offer free access to iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger on all flights equipped with Gogo WiFi beginning October 1. This only covers text messaging.
Just like expected, the Chinese government has now added another messaging app to the list of blocked apps in the country. After having problems with sending video chats and photos, WhatsApp is now completely blocked, just like Facebook and Instagram.
The UK requested WhatsApp add an encryption backdoor to its service, but the Facebook-owned company refused, reports Sky News. WhatsApp continues to oppose measures that'd legitimately degrade the protection afforded by its encryption, so compliance wasn't possible.
While WhatsApp's co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the company to start a nonprofit, they continue working on new improvements. The Facebook-owned company has recently added support for picture-in-picture video calls and is now testing another interesting feature.
WhatsApp is losing one of its longest-running executives. In 2009, Brian Acton worked with CEO Jan Koum to form the messaging service, which was acquired by Facebook three years ago. Now, Acton is leaving the company to start a nonprofit. Details of the new venture are scarce.
Picture-in-picture mode for video calls was in testing phases for quite some time and it looks like WhatsApp thinks the feature is finally ready to reach a wider audience. The messaging platform has now updated its stable version of the app with a couple of new features, among
WhatsApp is cutting off free access to its platform for business users, opening up a new way for the Facebook-owned service to bring in revenue. Certain features that make it easier for businesses to answer customer questions and send updates to followers will be paid.
WhatsApp is going to offer its own account verification system, letting users see when an account on the platform has been verified as legitimate. The messaging app has confirmed it's testing a Twitter-like verification tick to help people spot legitimate business accounts.
Support for colorful text-only Status updates has been added to WhatsApp. The messaging app's Status feature, which is in many ways a clone of Snapchat, now works with text posts instead of just photos and videos. The colorful text updates are similar to those on Facebook.
Facebook's popular messaging app WhatsApp now has over 1 billion daily active users, the company announced this week. That milestone was reached pretty fast, as the company just announced 1 billion monthly users in 2016. It also shared some other stats.
We all have sent a message and then wished to take it back, but that wasn't possible. While Viber, Skype and a few other messaging services have a recall feature, WhatsApp has yet to get something like that. According to a recent tweet by @WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has been
WhatsApp has been working hard lately on new features and is now reportedly testing a new PiP or Picture-in-Picture feature that would improve the experience of video calls. The current process of video calling is not exactly seamless, since the call consumes the whole screen and
The Chinese government is restricting WhatsApp functionality for users within the country, reports The New York Times. As it stands, some users have reported being unable to send photos, videos, and texts. WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned app, isn't entirely banned.
More companies are thinking about joining the messaging app market, including Amazon, but it will take some time if they want to challenge Viber and WhatsApp, two messaging apps that are definitely ahead of others and both are adding new features every month.