WhatsApp, the instant messaging app released in January 2010 for the first time has become a huge hit. Six years after its inception WhatsApp is currently the most popular instant messaging application with a user base of one billion. Seeing the great opportunity with WhatsApp, Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for a whooping 19.3 billion US Dollars. If you happen to have deleted WhatsApp messages accidentally then you can recover deleted WhatsApp messages even if you don’t have backup.
Let’s see a few recent updates happened with WhatsApp and some news related to WhatsApp.
In 2014 WhatsApp introduced the read receipts option which lets you know whether the recipient has read your message or not. A blue tick on the message you sent shows that the recipient has read your message. There is also an update enabling users to disable this facility.
Another related update was the addition of info option to know who all read your messages in a group. Keep holding on the particular message you want to check, will get you the info option.
In 2015 WhatsApp introduced WhatsApp web services where you can access your WhatsApp account in a PC. This is just an extension of your existing WhatsApp account. For using this smart phone must have an existing web connection.
Another update is that you can mark messages which you like to read again and again as favourites. This will be stored in the Starred messages section in WhatsApp.
WhatsApp also introduced the voice calling feature which significantly bettered its user base. With a good internet connection WhatsApp offers free voice calling with your friends anywhere in the world. The voice calling feature offered by WhatsApp stands apart compared to other providers, owing to its large number of active users. WhatsApp is also working on introducing a video calling feature.
On March 2016, WhatsApp introduced an option to share documents with your contacts. Initially it allowed only sharing of documents in pdf format. But later documents of more formats were also allowed through this feature. Document sharing can be done in WhatsApp just like sharing images or videos.
The most recent update is the feature allowing us to quote messages. That is if you want to reply to a particular message in any chat, you just need to tap and hold on the particular message and tap on the reply button. Now when you reply, your reply will be displayed along with the message you quoted.
In the latest version of WhatsApp, a feature of end-to-end encryption is introduced. With this feature your messages are totally encrypted and cannot be accessed by outsiders or hackers. Different from encryption features of other messaging apps, WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption ensures that only the sender and the recipient can read the messages, nobody else, not even WhatsApp.
End-to-End encryption by WhatsApp (credits: www.wired.com)
Initially WhatsApp had an annual subscription charge of 1$. On January 2016 Jan Koum, founder of WhatsApp announced that no longer this fee would be levied and made WhatsAppa completely free instant messaging app. This was a step towards building a large user base. With zero subscription fee as well as no irritating third party ads, WhatsApp is presently the most popular among all the instant messaging apps in Internet.