Tag Archive: WhatsApp

Here’s how WhatsApp tailored its app for KaiOS

With tens of millions of users, WhatsApp is the marquee app on KaiOS — and it is steadily getting new features.

We haven’t really talked about KaiOS a lot here, but the operating system is now installed on over 100 million phones, making it the third-largest mobile operating system in the world. KaiOS is a fork of Firefox OS that’s designed for feature phones, and over the last three years it has seen a meteoric rise because  [Read More…]

Latest WhatsApp beta lets you easily add new contacts via QR codes

QR code support is expected to become available for all beta testers within the next few days.

What you need to know The latest beta version of the WhatsApp for Android app adds support for QR codes. You can now share your contact info with your friends using a QR code. The QR codes can be scanned from within the app to add new contacts.

WhatsApp has introduced a nifty new feature with the latest beta version  [Read More…]

WhatsApp says its new rules reduce viral forwards by 70%

In the coronavirus era, fake news and misinformation may have dire consequences.

What you need to know WhatsApp placed forwarding limits on its service earlier this month. The company now claims this has cut the spread of viral forwards by 70%. WhatsApp forwards have been criticized as a breeding ground for hoaxes and fake news.

WhatsApp may have just recently instituted forwarding limits in its war against fake news and hoaxes, but the company says that it’s  [Read More…]

Facebook is reportedly planning to sell personalized ads in WhatsApp

However, it could take a while before ads start appearing in WhatsApp.

What you need to know A new report claims Facebook plans to start selling ads in WhatsApp eventually. Facebook could implement targeted ads on the encrypted messaging app by matching users’ WhatsApp phone numbers with their Facebook account. The social networking giant will be able to begin showing ads in WhatsApp only after it finishes linking all its social platforms.

In late 2018, Facebook had  [Read More…]

New WhatsApp beta expands group call limit to eight people

The feature is live in the latest betas for both iOS and Android.

What you need to know WhatsApp is expanding the maximum number of participants allowed in a group call to eight. It’s also making it easier to start group calls in group chats of four people or fewer. The changes are rolling out in the latest iOS and Android betas, so a formal release shouldn’t be too far off.

It was only a few days  [Read More…]

Facebook invests $5.7 billion in Jio to bring e-commerce to WhatsApp

Facebook invests wants to bring small businesses to WhatsApp, and it’s looking to achieve that by investing in Jio.

What you need to know Facebook just became Jio’s largest minority shareholder by shelling out $ 5.7 billion to acquire a 9.99% stake in Jio Platforms. Jio has transformed India’s telecom market in the last four years, and now has 388 million subscribers. Facebook says the investment in Jio will allow the social network to ‘open up commerce  [Read More…]

WhatsApp will soon let you host larger group calls

The call UI will also be changed to more prominently display the fact that WhatsApp is using end-to-end encryption.

What you need to know WhatsApp is looking to expand its limit on group audio and video calls. The latest betas for the app suggest the limit will be increased from the current four per call. In addition, the app will soon start displaying a new banner that alerts users that calls are end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp is looking  [Read More…]

New WhatsApp beta points to better search and new rules to save your data

None of these features are functional at the moment.

What you need to know The latest beta for WhatsApp contains work-in-progress code for a number of exciting new features. It includes the UI for what Advanced Search and password protection for backups will look like. There are also indications that the company is working on new rules that prevent frequently forwarded messages from being downloaded to your phone automatically.

WhatsApp is working on quite a few features  [Read More…]

WhatsApp puts limits on message forwarding to curb COVID-19 misinformation

Starting today, WhatsApp messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time.

What you need to know WhatsApp is tackling the spread of misinformation on its platform by putting limits on message forwarding. Starting today, users can only forward messages to one chat at a time. WhatsApp is also teaming up with local governments and NGOs over a coronavirus information hub.

Last week, I wrote about how the message forwarding feature in WhatsApp was being  [Read More…]

WhatsApp should disable message forwarding to curb misinformation

WhatsApp forwards are uncontrollable, and the only way to curb misinformation is to remove the feature entirely.

WhatsApp has over 2 billion users globally, and over a quarter of those — just over 500 million — are from India alone. Affordable cellular data services combined with an influx of decent budget phones allowed WhatsApp to thrive, and usage of the Facebook-owned platform is ubiquitous across the country.

All of my friends are on the platform, and I  [Read More…]