Since the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1 users have reported issues with WhatsApp, primarily in the area of unreliable notifications. This has resulted in the withdrawal of the application from the Windows Phone Store.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp, which was announced in February. Before finalizing the transaction, companies will have to wait for approvals from other international regulators in countries where both companies operate. However, the FTC's approval did not come without warning and instructions related to the issue that stood out as the most contentious - the protection of user data.
After Facebook bought WhatsApp many users have wondered how the privacy of the messages send will now be governed. Although Facebook is not yet fully responsible for this application, a new version (2.11.169) arrives that will bring new opportunities in terms of privacy. With the new settings, you can specify who can see get the infamous “Last Seen” status, your profile photo, and your status. At WhatsApp took into account that these three options are separated, and each one can be separately adjusted.
Facebook has announced that they have reached a final agreement on the purchase of WhatsApp, a popular system for instant messaging via smartphone, for enormous figure of $16 billion in cash and stock (4 billion in cash and 12 billion in Facebook's stock). Additional three billion of US dollars in Facebook's shares will be offered to the founders of WhatsApp during the next four years after finalizing the contract.
WhatsApp has refreshed their user interface, added new icons and now it fits perfectly in the new layout of the iOS 7. However, team responsible for the development of applications has not only dealt with cosmetic trifles, but in addition they corrected several errors and threw in a couple of novelties.
According to the latest study conducted on nearly 4,000 mobile phone users from large markets such as the US, China and Brazil, WhatsApp has come out as a winner in the category of mobile applications for instant messaging. It is located on the first place in the preferences of the users, of which 44% said they used it at least once a week. Facebook Messenger is regularly used by 35% of surveyed users.
With the upgrade to version v2 10.1 for iPhone, WhatsApp has implemented several major changes to their popular application. The most important change for users is certainly the one regarding the billing model. As posted on the official blog, instead of 99 cents users had to pay when downloading apps, iPhone users will have to pay 99 cents per year to be able to use the app.
At the conference D: Dive Into Mobile, CEO of WhatsApp Jan Koum bragged that this multi-platform messaging application you can find on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Nokia S40 and Windows Phone is doing better than ever.
In Saudi Arabia, there is no joking about the data traffic that comes out of the country, and therefore apps such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp could soon be in serious problem. The government has announced through the telecom operators that if they don’t start start to censor messages sent from these services, they will seriously think about how to ban their use.
Facebook is negotiating over the purchase of the company behind the IM application WhatsApp. Details of the agreement are not known so far, but it is known that Facebook sees this mobile technology as the "next big thing". The rise of smartphones certainly was the best possible thing for applications like WhatsApp and Viber due to increasing pularity of mobile internet.