Whatsapp To Stop Operating On Some Smartphones From January 1st

Starting from the frist of January, Whatsapp will cease to work on some specific smartphones due to the fact that they do not offer the kind of capabilities needed for other features.

Although the phones will still be able to use the app, the upgrade would be unavailable. This means is that phone users won’t be able to update to newer versions or enjoy new features of the software.

The affected smartphones include Blackberry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 or any smartphone running Blackberry OS

In a blog post, WhatsApp wrote: “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.

“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.

“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone.”

 

WhatsApp Will Soon Let Friends See Your Location In Real Time

WhatsApp has done something that might have it’s users with mixed feelings. The App has pushed out a new feature that enables its users to share their location in real time, making it possible for family and friends to see where you’re at and, depending on circumstances, whether you’re safe. The feature could come in handy during times when you’re venturing out into the unknown alone, or when you’re meeting someone for the first time, among other things.

The feature is simply called Live Location, and it is found within a chat under the ‘Location’ option. You’ll need to open a chat with the people or person you want to share your location with; after doing that, select the duration during which you want your live location to be visible to others. Once set, just tap the ‘Send’ button and it’ll be broadcast to whomever else is in the chat.

WhatsApp says this feature is secure with end-to-end encryption. Though the sharing will expire after whatever duration you pick, the user also has the ability to stop the sharing whenever they’d like. The feature will be available to both WhatsApp and iPhone users ‘in the coming weeks,’ according to the company.

When someone shares their location, it appears in chat as a map with their avatar in the center and a notice on the bottom that says “Live Until 2:00,” or whatever time the share is set to expire. To stop sharing, the user merely taps the “Stop Sharing” button. Tapping the shared location opens a full map that shows when the person’s location was last updated, as well as their avatar.

The Drama WhatsApp Users Face In China

Osun Defender has learnt that WhatsApp has been suffering serious disruption in China. According to the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), network measurement data suggests that Chinese internet service providers started blocking access to WhatsApp on Saturday. Public reports on Twitter indicate that WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, became inaccessible for some people a week ago.

In China on Tuesday, users reported intermittent service on the messaging platform. Over the last few months, there have been a number of WhatsApp disruptions in China. WhatsApp declined to comment on its status there.

The most recent move to censor the encrypted messenger comes ahead of next month’s 19th National Congress of the ruling Communist Party. At the sensitive gathering, which takes place once every five years, the government will select leaders and determine policy priorities.

Usually, China regularly tightens its internet restrictions in the lead-up to major Communist Party meetings.

“Typically, in the run up to Party Congresses, we’ve seen blocking, filtering, restrictions on the internet, and that’s what we’ve been seeing in the last couple months,” said Adam Segal, director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Chinese government runs a huge apparatus of internet filters known as the Great Firewall, which it uses to censor content that it deems harmful.

However, the latest move against WhatsApp is also part of a wider trend of tightening controls and restrictions under President Xi Jinping, Segal said. China has reinstated WhatsApp access after past disruptions.

WhatsApp users on international SIM cards and data plans have not experienced the same problems. The restrictions appear to specifically target China-based users.

China’s internet regulator did not respond to a request for comment.

WhatsApp’s difficulties cast a shadow over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s longtime efforts to make Facebook services available in China.

Big U.S. companies have been shut out of China’s market for years, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google. Some people access these services through virtual private networks, or with tools that disguise internet traffic to circumvent censorship. But the Chinese government has been cracking down on VPNs this year.

According to Timothy Heath, senior international defense research analyst at the RAND Corporation, the Chinese government does not like that WhatsApp uses strong encryption.

“The government wants to monitor internet communications, and therefore it’s trying to steer its people to use technology that can be accessed and monitored by the government,” Heath told CNN Tech.

Earlier this month, WeChat, a popular chat service with hundreds of millions of users in China, notified customers of its policies to comply with government requests for information.

WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Bids Company Farewell

Brian Acton an American computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur and co-founder of WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook Inc, will leave the messaging service company to start a new foundation, he said in a Facebook post.

Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock. A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009.

The duo worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp.

According to reports Acton is to start a non-profit foundation.

Facebook and Whatsapp Dump BlackBerry Platforms

Social media and instant messaging applications Facebook and Whatsapp will no longer be available to users of Blackberry, Nokia and Windows phones by the end of 2016.

Whatsapp, an instant messaging application owned by Facebook, was the first to make the announcement after it celebrated the seventh year of it’s existence in February.

“When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia,” the Whatsapp blog reported.

“Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.

“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms: Blackberry (including Blackberry 10), Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2,Windows Phone 7.1.

“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.

“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”

In a statement released by the company, Blackberry said it is ‘extremely disappointed in Facebook’s decision as they know so many users love these apps”.

“We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands.

“Despite this, we have worked hard to ensure our end users have the best experience in light of this decision, and are continuing to search for alternate solutions.”

The company encouraged users to let Facebook know how they feel on the social media.

However, Blackberry has provided alternatives for users to move to the web-based version of Facebook.

“As of March 31st, 2016 BlackBerry smartphone users will have to perform an update for the BlackBerry Facebook application in order to continue using Facebook.

“Those wishing to continue using Facebook are encouraged to move to the web-based experience which will provide the most feature rich alternative.”

With These Latest Update, Whatsapp Just Became Better

WhatsApp has introduced a range of new features that should make the world’s biggest messaging app a little better.

The functionality changes in the update are fairly major, and get rid of a few niggling problems with the service.

The most useful is the new photo sharing feature – rather than being limited to their photo album, users can share pictures stored on platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive from within the app, as long as they’ve got those apps installed on their phone.

You can now also share documents, getting rid of the need to resort to email when you need to send someone an important file. Again, these documents can be sent from Google Drive, Dropbox or a range of other similar services.

Videos are also better now – users can pinch the screen while a video is playing to zoom in, to get a closer look at the action.

There’s a range of new solid-colour wallpapers if you like to keep the app’s design simple, and a technical update has fixed a problem that was causing the app to use up a lot of storage space on iPhones.

The features are available now on iOS and Android phones, and are included in the version 2.12.15 update.