WhatsApp was bought by Facebook in 2014 and Zuckerberg has continued to improve this application, whose number of users has increased from 600 million to almost 1 billion in only two years. Some of the new features that the developers have added are: voice calling, the ability to log into an account from a computer, using the web client, the option to backup chats on Google Drive etc. WhatsApp had some problems with its security, being attacked by hackers who sent messages on behalf of the company, notifying the users that they have unchecked voice messages etc., and when the users opened them, they installed viruses on their devices. Soon, the WhatsApp chats will be more secure, because the developers will introduce end-to-end encryption. Plus, the application will have a deeper Facebook integration and the users will share their account info on the social networking website.
According to some leaked screenshots that have been posted on Google Plus by Android developer Javier Santos, WhatsApp will receive end-to-end encryption to its chats, but this doesn’t come as a big surprise, because at the beginning of the year, co-founder Jan Koum attended the annual Digital-Life-Design (DLD) conference in Munich, where he confirmed that the developers are working on implementing this type of encryption. He said that “We are a couple of months away from calling it done. Soon we will be able to talk more about this.”
In the screenshots, it was suggested that the encryption will be applied to messages and calls, and the feature will be turned on in the Setting. Telegram is another application that uses end-to-end encryption, which makes the messages “unreadable” by anyone, including WhatsApp. This way, the device’s level of security is increased and there will be no more information leaks.
Also, WhatsApp will be integrated into Facebook and the users will share their account info with their friends on the social media platform. At this point, the integration feature is option and hopefully, it will stay this way.
Until recently, WhatsApp has an annual subscription of 99 cents, a sum that the users were paying one year later, in order to keep their accounts. It seems that WhatsApp has removed this fee, but the company will allow its users to communicate with “businesses and organizations” via alerts or messages.
Soon, the video calling feature will be added as well.
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