We have been waiting for it to happen, but the moment has finally come. WhatsApp, the infamous mobile chatting application, has decided to update its policy to allow the exchange of phone numbers with the social network and its new owner, Facebook. In 2014, after a multi-million dollar takeover, Facebook bought WhatsApp, so it was expected at some point this would happen. As of August 25th 20016, WhatsApp officially started sharing your data with Facebook.
WhatsApp is the currently the most popular messenger in the world. It almost single-handedly eliminated the need for text messages. That’s because with WhatsApp, users can not only send regular text messages, but can also make calls, send voice messages, videos, documents and can create large group chats! WhatsApp can do so much more than regular SMS/MMS ever could! In order to get the most out of your WhatsApp, we’ll cover the 6 best WhatsApp tips that you may not be aware of!
Just how important are messaging apps? We use them from the second we wake up to the moment we lay ourselves down to sleep. They are arguably the most important part of daily life to fulfill our needs to communicated with others. The problem is that the market is just so overfilled with these apps, many of which are just clones of each other. So which messaging apps are the best out there? Here’s a list of our favourite messaging apps!
At this point, almost everybody has heard of WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a cross platform messaging app that is available on operating systems such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone and has been owned by Facebook as of February 2014. It is arguably the most popular messaging app on this list, with approximately 1 billion users as of February 2016. However, that’s no surprise because it is also one of the older apps on this list, having been released in January 2010. The app catapulted to success by constantly updating their app and adding new features that made messaging as convenient as possible, such as voice chat, video messaging, simply photo sharing and overall smooth software performance. Early last year, WhatsApp introduced an early variant of desktop messaging through the use of a Google Chrome extension.
WhatsApp’s new end-to-end encryption service is here! If you’re a WhatsApp user, you definitely saw the yellow message that randomly popped up in the middle of your chat box. This message refers to the new end-to-end encryption service that is being used in the newest version of the popular messaging service. So what exactly does this mean for us and our beloved messenger?
Simply put: From now on, your messages are only sent and readable between you and your messaging partner. No more intelligence agencies, no more hackers, not even WhatsApp and their Facebook owners. Over the past six months, the development team over at WhatsApp had been developing this new security feature. A new type of software called TextSecure from the non-profit organisation “Open Whisper Systems” is being use in order to allow for this feature to be possible. So not only will your messages be protected from spying eyes, but also all your photos, videos, voice messages and calls.