WhatsApp has introduced Facebook integration in the latest beta version of its Android app. Spotted by developer Javier Santos, the screenshots posted by him reveal that WhatsApp will give the user an option for Facebook sharing of their data.
The screenshots suggest that WhatsApp is using this data to improve Facebook users' experience. It is unclear what data will be shared and how that data is going to be useful in enhancing the Facebook encryption. Facebook bought the instant messaging company in February 2014 for nearly $19 billion.
Another feature that might get added to WhatsApp is end-to-end encryption. The app already has encrypted chat and call features, but the device level security will add another layer of user data protection and privacy.
Earlier in January, WhatsApp's founder Jan Koum told a Digital-Life-Design (DLD) conference: "We are a couple of months away from introducing the feature. Soon we will be able to give you more information about this."
Notably, earlier WhatsApp scrapped its $1 annual fee from all the countries and all versions.They said that they want to grow more and explore new options for revenue generation while making the communication available to all of the world.
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This feature lets you hide a conversation from your chat tab, and access it later, if needed. To do so, long press on a chat you wish to hide, and select Archive chat. You can also choose to archive all chats by tapping on Chat Settings, Archive All Chats. Using this feature doesn’t delete or back up the chat on your SD card.
Group chats can get a bit too noisy at times, if you would like to turn off notifications, tap the Menu button, and hit Mute, and choose the timeframe for which you would like the group to be muted.
By default, WhatsApp broadcasts your the last time you checked the app and provides a read receipt in the form of two blue ticks when the message is read by you. To disable this feature, head to Settings > Account > Privacy, and tap on Last seen, and change the option to Nobody. Turning this feature off works both ways, you won’t be able to see the Last seen details of other users as well.
A long-press on the a group or chat menu presents you with the option of adding a shortcut on your home screen. If you are a Cyanogen OS user, you can drag app icons into a password protected folder for added privacy.
WhatsApp lets you specify when you want images, audio and video should be auto-downloaded on your phone. It’s available in Settings > Chat settings > Media auto-download, and lets you specify these options when on mobile data, Wi-Fi, and roaming.
Everyone knows that two blue ticks is a read notification, but did you know you can long press on the sent message, and tap on the (i) icon to see exactly when a message was read.