Facebook-owned WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging service in the world, but it is a little slow in adding new features. Recently, it added animated stickers, something that has been available on most other IM platforms for over a couple of years now. Now, WhatsApp could bring one of the most-requested features very soon.
Several WhatsApp users are reporting issues with last seen online status bar and privacy settings. Some of them are also getting a “Network Problem” error message while using WhatsApp. We checked Down Detector and many users had reported a WhatsApp outage. Users are complaining both the last seen and privacy settings functionality on WhatsApp is not working.
WhatsApp had been testing its mobile payments system in India for months, and today, the company has officially launched the feature in Brazil. The payments system is available for both consumers and businesses. The Facebook-owned company has tied up with several banks and payments firms to launch the feature.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns across the world, people are having to maintain social distancing and work from home. This led to a meteoric rise in the use of video calling and video conferencing apps like Houseparty and Zoom, but they also faced severe data security issues. Now, Mozilla has published a report which rates the most popular video calling apps.
Announced last week, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has now started rolling out an update for the iOS version of the app that allows up to eight people in a group video call. Previously, the service had a limit of only 4 participants in a video call.
Facebook first announced its plans to integrate and unify all its social and messaging platforms last year. Last week, the company unveiled its group video calling feature Messenger Rooms for Facebook Messenger, similar to Zoom. Now, the first signs of the Messenger Rooms feature have started to appear in WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is among the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world, and it is currently free to use. Plus, it doesn’t even show ads, which doesn’t make economic sense for the company. However, Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has plans to bring ads to the messaging app shortly.
The coronavirus outbreak has led to millions of people across the world to work from home. It has also led to a spike in video calling apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Google Duo, and WhatsApp. To meet the evolving needs of its users, Google added expanded Duo’s group video calling limit to 12 from eight. Now, it looks like WhatsApp is also planning to follow suit.
In a bid to fight misinformation and to prevent its users from getting overwhelmed with forwarded messages, WhatsApp is introducing a new limit on forwarding messages. Previously, the messaging service limited forwarding messages to five contacts at once. Starting today though, there is a limit of one chat at a time.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, and it offers various features such as stickers, group messaging, voice calling, video calling, and video conference. However, it lacks a basic feature that many unpopular apps offer, but it could soon be coming to WhatsApp.