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Michele du Plessis

WhatsApp has been with us since 2009 and this year, it is 10 years old. “Simple. Secure. Reliable messaging. With WhatsApp, you’ll get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free*, available on phones all over the world.” (*Data charges might apply.)

According to Wikipedia, “the client application was created by WhatsApp Inc. of Mountain View, California, which was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for approximately US$ 19.3 billion. It became the world’s most popular messaging application by 2015 and has over 1.5 billion users worldwide as of February 2018. It has become the primary means of communication in multiple countries.

WhatsApp released a standalone business app targeted at small business owners, called WhatsApp Business, to allow companies to communicate with customers who use the standard WhatsApp client. WhatsApp has recently submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the Business version up to 2.19.117. WhatsApp has implemented a Dark Splash Screen in the WhatsApp Messenger beta for Android 2.19.311. The Dark Splash Screen is already visible for everyone having an Android version that supports the Dark Mode. In the update for WhatsApp Business, WhatsApp has added the same redesigned Dark Splash Screen.

Introducing Fingerprint Lock for Android

Earlier this year, WhatsApp rolled out Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone to provide an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users. WhatsApp introducing similar authentication, allowing you to unlock the app with your fingerprint, on supported Android phones. To enable it, tap Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock. Turn on Unlock with fingerprint, and confirm your fingerprint.

Bringing the WhatsApp Business App to iPhone:

“One of the most frequent requests we’ve heard from small business owners is they want to use the WhatsApp Business app on the device of their choice. Now they can.” WABETAINFO.COM

The WhatsApp Business app for iOS, like the Android version — which over the last year has been adopted by millions of businesses around the world — the WhatsApp Business app for iOS will be free to download from the Apple App Store and will include features to help small businesses and customers communicate. These include:

Business Profile: Share useful information about your business such as a business description, email or store addresses, and website.

Messaging Tools: Respond to customers easily with efficient messaging tools. WhatsApp Web: Chat from your desktop to manage conversations and send files to customers.

WhatsApp to start streaming trailer videos from Netflix

The last year, WhatsApp has implemented a feature that allowed to play videos (from specific sources) within WhatsApp. The feature was implemented on iOS, Android and WhatsApp Web/Desktop as well. Recently, WhatsApp started to work to implement more services, and we have discovered something new. The possibility to play videos from Netflix is only available for WhatsApp on iOS. Be sure to have installed the latest version available from the App Store.

Information from WABETAINFO and the WhatsApp blog.

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