The latest WhatsApp update has the ability to notify you how your sent messages will be treated once they are received by the recipients. According to The Independent, by downloading it, you can now check whether your message is received and read or ignored without the need to open each thread.
Basically, this downloadable chat feature allows you to see color-coded message status all at once. One tick will imply that a message has been sent, and 2 grey ticks will indicate that the sent message has been already received by the contact you have tried to reach. Then, 2 blue ticks will notify you that your message has been read.
Considering that many people may think of this new feature to be bringing some signs of privacy breach, the developer also added an option not to use it. On the receiver’s end, he can just turn off the receipt feature if he does not want the sender to know whether he has read the message. Unfortunately, this will also prevent them from being able to view whether their messages have been read as well. With this most recent update for WhatsApp showing positive and negative sides, it is good to know that we have the option whether to use it or not.
In related news, with the competition in business messaging quietly heating up for a few years now, WhatsApp is showing its interest to have a piece of the pie by releasing business-associated updates. This is evident when this Facebook-owned messaging giant has added document sharing features to its list of functions.
Noting such a change, Forbes stated, “For now the feature appears to be limited to PDF files but it does pull files from third-party cloud storage apps enabled on the phone, including iCloud Drive, Dropbox and Quip. This is an important upgrade for small businesses who use WhatsApp to communicate with one another, or with customers – for example making it easier to share invoices and price lists or product information that’s stored on a cloud service like Dropbox.”
In expressing its push into the marketing and commercial world, WhatsApp also said, “Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam.”
Meanwhile, the company has also revealed on their official blog that they have already stopped charging their users the annual fee for using the app.
So, are you in favor of this update from WhatsApp? What kind of features would you want to see in the future? Share your opinions with us here at Neurogadget.
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