WhatsApp will now allow users to join ongoing group video calls

Missing out on a group video calls with your friends and family is not a great feeling. To solve this, WhatsApp has released a new update that will allow users to join existing calls and also rejoin ongoing calls if they momentarily leave.

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WhatsApp pauses privacy policy update roll out until data protection bill comes into effect

After facing multiple hurdles when trying to rollout their new privacy policy, WhatsApp has now told the Delhi High Court that they will hold back on rolling out the update until the new Personal Data Protection Bill comes into force.

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WhatsApp for Android beta testing support to send images in high quality

While sending images and video on WhatsApp is a highly convenient way of transferring images and videos to friends and family, it is well known that the quality of the image suffers due to compression. In the latest version of WhatsApp beta v2.21.14.16 for Android, they are now testing three new quality settings when sending images.

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WhatsApp for Android beta brings ‘view once’ feature for photos and videos that disappear after it’s viewed

WhatsApp has finally started rolling out  ‘view once’ feature for Android users in beta. Once enabled, the recipient can only open your photos and videos once before they disappear from the chat. This was confirmed by the Facebook CEO in an interview earlier this month. Continue reading “WhatsApp for Android beta brings ‘view once’ feature for photos and videos that disappear after it’s viewed”

WhatsApp beta update reveals voice waveforms UI for Voice messages

Voice messages on WhatsApp are an extremely convenient way of sending messages without needing to type. The developers of WhatsApp are working on improving the feature’s UI, in particular, they are looking to introduce voice waveforms.

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Ex-Amazon Pay India Director Manesh Mahatme appointed as Head of WhatsApp Pay in India

Back in 2018, WhatsApp started rolling out WhatsApp Payments in Beta and has been gradually rolling it out for all users in India. Today, the company has appointed the ex-Amazon Pay India Director to lead the WhatsApp Pay business in India. Continue reading “Ex-Amazon Pay India Director Manesh Mahatme appointed as Head of WhatsApp Pay in India”

WhatsApp confirms Multi Device support in next 2 months, will support up to 4 devices at a time

WhatsApp has been testing an option to use the service in multiple devices at the same time since 2019. WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an interview with WABetaInfo have confirmed that the multi device support will be rolled out in a public beta within two months. However, there will be a limit, so you only connect up to 4 linked devices. WhatsApp on iPad might also be support using multi-device option.
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WhatsApp for Business update brings faster sign-ups, improved customer communication and more

WhatsApp is introducing three new updates for their Business customers. Businesses can now quickly set up their WhatsApp for Business accounts, have more options when sending automated messages to their customers and can also set up more quick replies for their customers.

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New regulation won’t affect normal functioning of WhatsApp, refusal to comply a clear act of defiance: IT ministry

WhatsApp earlier today filed a lawsuit against the Government of India, seeking to block the regulations saying that traceability of messages would break end-to-end encryption. In reply, the IT ministry said that the Government of India recognises that ‘Right to Privacy’ is a fundamental right and has no intention to violate it when WhatsApp is required to disclose the origin of a particular message. Continue reading “New regulation won’t affect normal functioning of WhatsApp, refusal to comply a clear act of defiance: IT ministry”

WhatsApp files lawsuit against Government of India for new IT regulation, says it would break end-to-end encryption

As the new IT regulations will go into effect today, May 25th, 2021, various social media platforms in India have announced compliance with the new rules, or they are still in the process of becoming compliant. While some of these rules are reasonable to implement, some are not, and in response WhatsApp has now filed a lawsuit against the Government of India, seeking to block the regulations.

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WhatsApp says it will not limit functionality for users who do not accept the new privacy policy

After the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) sent a letter to WhatsApp asking them to withdraw their Privacy Policy and TOS update. In response, WhatsApp has stated that the company will not be limiting functionality for users who are yet to accept the update, instead they will continue to show reminders to accept. WhatsApp also clarified that the update does not affect the privacy of their users’ personal messages.

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WhatsApp testing the ability to transfer chats between phone numbers

WhatsApp was recently discovered to be developing a feature where users can transfer their chats between Android and iOS smartphones. The company is now reportedly expanding upon that feature by allowing the transfer of chats between phone numbers too.

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Government of India directs WhatsApp to withdraw new TOS and privacy policy

WhatsApp’s deadline for accepting their new Terms of Service (TOS) and Privacy Policy was 5 days ago on the May 15th. Now, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has sent a letter to the Facebook-owned company to withdraw the update within 7 days, and failure to do so will prompt lawful measures.

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WhatsApp will begin restricting features unless you agree to Facebook’s data sharing policies

The May 15th deadline for accepting WhatsApp’s new terms of service (TOS) and privacy policy is approaching. In an effort to ensure that people will agree to the changes, WhatsApp will begin showing persistent notifications and eventually will start restricting features to the user.

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WhatsApp working on easier Search feature for Stickers on iOS and Android

While Stickers are a great way to express yourself in WhatsApp, finding the right sticker at the right moment can sometimes prove to be difficult. To solve, the developers of WhatsApp are reportedly working on a feature that will allow users to quickly search for a Sticker right from the text box.

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