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WhatsApp gets New Updates with Private Reply, 3D Touch, More For ios

WhatsApp company has released a new update bringing more features including ‘private reply’ in a group chat, 3D Touch feature to preview the message in chats list and also brings new option to add stickers while editing video or image on WhatsApp.

How Private Reply Works On WhatsApp For IOS:

Once the user sees a notification on WhatsApp group, he/she can tap on that particular message and the ‘private reply’ will pop up on the screen and continue communication with the concerned person, which will be not visible to other members of the chat group.

This is a valuable addition to the WhatsApp, which will now allow individuals to discuss topics privately. This will definitely come handy in situations if the user knows two persons with the same name and want to send a private message outside the group, sometimes leads to sending messages to the wrong person.

As far as the 3D Touch feature is concerned, you just have to long press on a chat of the concerned person, and you will get the preview of the message and the status.

For now, we are not sure if the Facebook-owned company has released a similar update to the WhatsApp for Android.

In a related development, WhatsApp is testing a security feature which will allow the user to lock the chat conversation locked with biometric features such as fingerprint sensor in Android phones. There is no word on whether the company is working on the iOS version for a similar feature in addition to FaceID for iPhones and iPads.

This feature will definitely be welcomed by users, as it will further enhance the privacy aspect of the smartphone.

Sources:- IBTIMES

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WhatsApp’s new feature will warn you of ‘dangerous’ links

In the wake of ever-increasing incidents of fake news being shared through social media, WhatsApp has come up with a new feature to spare users from malicious messages.

According to a report by Gadgets Now, the new feature introduced in the WhatsApp 2.18.204 beta version, alerts users of potentially fake news that is being forwarded in group chats through its upcoming ‘Suspicious Link’ feature.

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WhatsApp checks the authenticity of the website link provided in the message, while the user forwards the message, the report suggests.

The feature will warn users about suspicious links beforehand by automatically checking them in the message and will be able to determine if the links are safe.

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Similarly, WhatsApp will be taking other steps to curb the spread of fake news.

The instant messenger has said that users will now get to know if a shared message has been typed or forwarded and existing group admins will be able to get demoted to a member with limited rights. Group admins will also be able to restrict a user from sending a particular message.

The Facebook-owned company will also roll-out a feature to prevent a user from adding a person back into the group once he or she has left it.

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WhatsApp Now Labels Messages as ‘Forwarded’ For Spam Messages

WhatsApp has incorporated a new feature in its latest beta (version 2.18.179), which could be handy for identifying spam messages. The chat app is now labelling all forwarded messages with a ‘Forwarded’ tag to help users differentiate an original message from a forwarded one.

There is currently no option for removing the tag and it should be noted that it is only available for the beta version of the app. One needs to be a beta tester of the app for experiencing the new feature, which comes just days after the introduction of new Media visibility feature that allows users to hide/show their WhatsApp media from their device’s gallery.

Facebook has been packing WhatsApp with new features nearly every other week. Just last week, the company introduced a new feature called ‘Click to Chat’, which allows one to chat with an unsaved contact.

The feature creates a URL to which a phone number can be appended for initiating a chat with someone who isn’t saved to your contacts. The person being contacted needs to have WhatsApp installed on their device and of course, you will need their contact number. To use this option, one needs to navigate to the URL; ‘https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=’ and add the phone number of the person you want to message at the end.

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One should note that the appended contact number needs to be in international format, without any prefixed zeros or special characters. For example, one should enter ‘https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=911234567890’ instead of ‘https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=+91-1234567890’.

When entered into a browser, this web address prompts to open a chat in WhatsApp.

Sources:- digit.in

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WhatsApp Soon Coming With Group Video Calls and Stickers

Facebook has just done with their F8 developer conference. The conference is ended up with a bunch of new announcements. Facebook has announced the new Dating Feature within their mobile app to compete the Tinder. The giant is also coming up with new features on WhatsApp. As per their official statement, WhatsApp will soon get Group Video Calls feature with Stickers support.

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WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular Instant Messaging platform which is widely available on all the platforms. It is also accessible through PC with its web version. The app has over a Billion daily users which is indeed a huge number. WhatsApp has been rolling out new features to make the platform more user-friendly. People do like to explore the new features on the messaging app.

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WhatsApp has recently added a feature that allows the users to redownload the deleted items from within the chat. The app has also changed the way to let your contacts know about your new WhatsApp number if you are going to change the new number. We have also seen the hands-free voice recording features allowing users to record voice without holding on to the button.

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As per their official statement, WhatsApp will be adding new Group Video Calling feature and stickers support. By introducing this new features, WhatsApp to gain a number of users to come and enjoy their services which other platforms are offering. Until now, we didn’t know about such feature to come on the platform. But now, the officials have announced that they are bringing up the Group Video Calling feature to the WhatsApp application very soon.

With the help of this new Group Video Calling feature, WhatsApp to take communication to a whole new level. According to this new feature, up to four people can talk on the same call. You can see how the screen with four people would look like on the image listed above. The same feature would soon be available on Instagram.

Moving on to the other feature, Stickers is the most awaiting feature on the WhatsApp. Almost every other Messaging platform allow their users to make use of plenty of Stickers. They are also allowed to download stickers from the web store. Once the Stickers made available, there would be a lot of built-in stickers available within the app. Users would also be allowed to access other third-party stickers.

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Whatsapp Restrict Group Feature|Now Admin Block Anyone From Posting

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is rolling out its “Restrict Group” for all iOS, Android and Windows Phone users — a feature that gives the group administrator powers to restrict other members from sending text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents or voice messages in case the admin thinks so.

WhatsApp ‘Restrict Group’ Feature allows admin to Censor members’ posts

According to WABetaInfo, a popular fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, you need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.132 Android update in order to remotely receive the activation of the feature.

The “Restrict Group” feature, first spotted in last December, adds “Privacy settings” in the group.

“All participants can normally edit the group description, icon, and subject, but finally the administrator can restrict this feature today, preventing no-administrators to modify the group description,” the website said.

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This action can be managed in the Admin Settings, a new option located in Group Info that’s visible to the administrator only.

In Admin Settings, the administrator can restrict who can change the group info.

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Administrators can keep sharing media and chat as normal as they restrict other members.

Once restricted, other members will simply have to read their messages and will not be able to respond.

They will have to use the “Message Admin” button to post a message or share media to the group. The message will need to be approved by the administrator before going through to the rest of the group.

Since today, WhatsApp is rolling out for all iOS, Android and Windows Phone users the Restrict Group, a feature that adds “Privacy settings” in the group.

All participants can normally edit the group description, icon, and subject, but finally, the administrator can restrict this feature today, preventing no-administrators to modify the group description.

This action can be managed in the Admin Settings, a new option located in Group Info that’s visible to the administrator only.

In Admin Settings, the administrator can restrict who can change the group info.

With over 1.5 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages.

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WhatsApp Rolled Out ‘Reply Privately Feature’ By Mistake

WhatsApp mistakenly rolled out the ‘Reply Privately’ feature in a beta update that will allow users to privately send a message to a participant in a group without anyone else knowing about it.

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According to Express.co.uk, the hotly-anticipated feature is under development and could be rolled out with other features as well.

The feature appeared and was subsequently dropped from the beta version of the app, watcher of the popular chat app @WABetaInfo said, confirming that the developers wrongly enabled the feature.

“In the new WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone 2.17.344, the private reply feature is disabled. Probably WhatsApp has wrongly enabled it in 2.17.342,” WABetaInfo tweeted.

WABetaInfo said that the option will only be available in group chats and will be included in the small menu that pops-up when users press and hold on a message.

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Earlier this month, WABetaInfo leaked the details of the features that WhatsApp was developing for web and desktop, including tap to unblock and a picture-in-picture (PIP) mode.

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Fake Version of WhatsApp Messenger Found on Google Play Store

A fake and possibly malicious version of Facebook-owned WhatsApp was found lurking on Google Play Store.

A fake and possibly malicious version of Facebook-owned WhatsApp was found lurking on Google Play Store as “Update WhatsApp Messenger” with developer name as ‘WhatsApp Inc*’.

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When IANS checked it on the Play Store, we found the app has been downloaded up to 5,000 times. There is another version under the same name which has a million downloads.

The original WhatsApp has 1 billion downloads.

The existence of the shady software was first highlighted by the popular WhatsApp change tracking website WABetaInfo, via Twitter user @MujtabaMHaq, IB Times reported late on Thursday.

According to the report, a version of popular mobile game Temple Run 2 can also be found which was uploaded in October.

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The software posing as WhatsApp Business already have several users complaining about it in the comments section.

“DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS APP! IT’S FAKE! WhatsApp Business is not officially available yet for all,” the WABetaInfo social media account tweeted to its 30,000 followers.

It added: “Check only official channels to download WhatsApp Business in future.”

WhatsApp Business is yet to launch as a standalone service.

You can download original version of the app here:- Whatsapp

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Whatsapp Soon Going To Launch New Feature WhatsApp Pay

WhatsApp is working towards incorporating a new segment in its chat platform. The Facebook-owned company is aiming to provide its users with a new feature which will enable them to make and receive payment within the app and they name it can be WhatsApp Pay

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This will be the first time that WhatsApp is introducing the payments feature WhatsApp Pay anywhere in the world.

The feature is in its final stages and WhatsApp employees are testing it out the WhatsApp pay, according to a person with knowledge of the plan.

“They are likely to do some sort of an extended beta program for the feature in November and by December you can expect a full rollout,” the person said, asking to stay anonymous.

The Facebook-owned company has partnered with three banks – State Bank of India, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank, three of India’s biggest banks, to launch WhatsApp pay.

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The uniqueness of the WhatsApp payments or WhatsApp pay feature is that a user can make payments without leaving the chat interface just like sharing a contact or location on the instant messenger. According to the person quoted earlier, who has worked closely with WhatsApp, a window with a Rupee symbol will pop up alongside buttons that allow users to share a location or a contact when a user clicks on the attach symbol in the chat window.

On clicking the Rupee button (in India), the user can either send or request money. The user can input the amount to be paid and personal identification number before hitting send. On the other end, the receiver will get a notification, similar to the one when you receive a contact. There is an option to accept or reject the request.

In April, The Ken had reported that WhatsApp was working on the feature and is likely to roll that out in the next 6 months. A Twitter user, Raj S, on Saturday tweeted: “Just saw a couple of WhatsApp #UPI screens; payments players should start shitting bricks right now. No, seriously.”

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WhatsApp’s entry into space threatens digital wallet companies, as the instant messenger counts over 200 million users in India, the largest user base it has in the world. The WhatsApp experience is slick and convenient to make payments, as per users who have seen the feature.

This is the first time WhatsApp is launching a feature like this anywhere in the world. What makes it easy for the company is that India has built a payments stack called unified payments interface, which makes it easy for others to integrate with the banks.

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“The market is absolutely ripe for a WeChat like play,” points out Jasminder Gulati, the co-founder of Nowfloats. His company helps small and medium businesses build a presence online. Small and medium business across India use WhatsApp extensively to do business. Consulting firm Zinnov estimates that nearly 2 million women sell products using WhatsApp and Facebook, totalling sales of $8-9 billion. This is projected to grow to $48-60 billion by 2022, Zinnov said.

To understand why this is so powerful, A similar trend was adopted by the Chinese equivalent of WhatsApp – WeChat. Being a chat platform, WeChat had launched a payment option for its users and since then, has become a major player in the payments market. If WhatsApp is able to roll-out this feature efficiently, it may become a tough competitor for the existing payment platforms in India including Paytm, Mobikwik and others.

In the first quarter of 2017, WeChat Pay had nearly 40% market share in China while Alipay had about 54% share, according to research firm Analysys. In 2014, Alipay had 80% market share. China’s mobile payments sector is estimated to be about $5.5 trillion in size.

With the payments interface, India has become a sort of ground zero for digital payments innovation. Companies like Google, Amazon and Uber are getting in on the action alongside players like PhonePe, Paytm and MobiKwik.

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WhatsApp Now Lets You Delete Sent Messages

Have you ever sent a quick message that you quickly regretted?

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Yeah, same here. It really makes us wish messenger services had, like, some sort of undo button. Enter: WhatsApp. Starting now, it lets you delete sent messages. But there are a couple of caveats to this much-welcomed feature, which we sorted suspected was coming, as we saw last month that WhatsApp was testing the ability to recall sent messages. Anyway, here’s what you need to know about it.

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How To Delete Sent WhatsApp messages

  • Update and open the WhatsApp app on your phone.
  • Go to the chat with the message you wish to delete.
  • Tap and hold the message, then choose Delete from the menu.
  • You can also select more messages to delete multiple messages at once.
  • Then, tap Delete, and then tap Delete for Everyone.

Are there any limitations?

Yes. To delete a sent message, you must decide to do so within the first seven minutes. So, you can’t send a late message, then wake up the next morning, and erase it. Also, your recipient will see a “This message was deleted” notice, which won’t look suspicious or anything. Furthermore, for messages to be deleted for everyone, both you and your recipient must be using the latest version of WhatsApp.

When will Delete Sent WhatsApp messages feature be available?

It’s now rolling out to WhatsApp users on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone.

Read More on Whatsapp Blog 

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First Google and Facebook, Now WhatsApp is Banned in China

A few months ago government cyber agencies of China started to block sharing of videos, images and other documents files on WhatsApp. But Txt messages were continued to send. Until this restriction was lifted recently. The new york times report claims the messaging service is now blocked in the most city of China

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Whatsapp is the last service by Facebook that available in China. Facebook was banned in the year 2009. The image sharing app Instagram is also unavailable when they find out that Facebook acquired Instagram.

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The exact reason is not known for the blocking of WhatsApp.  it could be due to the strong end-to-end encryption that protects WhatsApp messages from being decoded or snooped upon.

Apart from google, facebook,  and now WhatsApp, Twitter has also been blocked in China.

In fact, under the country’s policy of Internet censorship, search engine Google and all of its products like the Maps, YouTube and Gmail are permanently blocked.”I can live without the others [websites], but blocking WhatsApp is driving me crazy,” wrote a user on China’s social media website Weibo. People took to Weibo to express how blocking WhatsApp would be a loss. Many said it would affect their business.

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China is clamping more of such Internet services that store user data outside of the country. New rules have been enforced which command the tech companies to keep only specific data and to be kept inside the country.

It is being said that some people might still be able to use WhatsApp but it’s working at a snail’s pace, which forced users to switch to other messaging services like WeChat. This has been the authorities’ way of censoring apps, particularly ones it cannot monitor.

WeChat being the alternate to WhatsApp or the Facebook messenger already finds its largest user base in the country. It crossed 600 million subscribers. A recent report from Android Authority claims that WeChat is sharing user data with the Chinese authorities, which includes names, contacts, email addresses, or even a user’s your exact location.