Picture-in-picture mode for video calls coming to WhatsApp on Android O

WhatsApp is very close to getting a new feature that would allow users to watch YouTube videos directly in the app, but only on iOS devices. We had already reported on the matter a few days ago, but if you don’t remember, then you should know the feature is still under development and will work just like picture-in-picture mode.

Apparently, the team behind WhatsApp is working on a similar feature for Android devices, which will work on video calls. The bad news is it will only support devices running Android O since the picture-in-picture mode was added to WhatsApp thanks to an API included …


China reportedly prevents WhatsApp users from sending images and videos

Facebook’s WhatsApp could easily go as one of the last of the mohicans in China, a country where messaging services that don’t abide by the government’s restrictive cybersecurity laws have been blocked partially or entirely.

Unfortunately, WhatsApp seems to be the last victim of China’s “Great Firewall,” the country’s intricate system of internet filters and controls. NYT reports China has disrupted WhatsApp services in the country, as many users say they are now unable to send videos and images through the messaging app.

Some can’t even send text-based messages, which suggests the …

You'll soon be able to watch YouTube videos in WhatsApp

WhatsApp recently introduced the option to send any type of file through its instant messenger, but new features are expected to come to the app in the not so distant future.

Some of these new features have already been implemented into the app, but they are hidden to the public for the time being. One of the most recent WhatsApp for iOS updates introduced one feature that would certainly be very useful to users: the option to watch YouTube videos directly in WhatsApp.

Although it’s still under development, the new feature allows those who can access it to …

You can now send just about any file type with WhatsApp

Courtesy of a recent app update, WhatsApp users can now send almost any common file between one another. Be it a PDF document, a ZIP archive, an .XLS table, or even an .APK file, WhatsApp users can share files up to 100MB large on Android and up to 128MB on iOS. Even JPEG files get some love. 

Wait, what? Of course, WhatsApp supported image sharing, but the app used to overly optimize and deteriorate the quality of the sent images. With the latest update, WhatsApp fans can share unadulterated JPEG files between one another, which is totally a great piece of news! What’s …

Night Mode feature coming to WhatsApp to improve pictures snapped in low-light?

WhatsApp, the messaging app purchased by Facebook in 2014 for a whopping $21 billion, could be looking to add a new feature for its 1.2 billion members to enjoy. On the app’s translation page is a request for the words Night Mode. No, this is not the Night Mode that reverses the black text on white background to produce a UI that won’t strain your eyes at night. This is something else entirely.

The Night Mode for WhatsApp works with the camera UI to enhance the quality of  photographs taken in low-light conditions. This new button could also be added to the video calling feature as …

WhatsApp seen as major news source in many markets

WhatsApp became part of the Facebook family in October 2014 when the latter closed on its deal to buy the messaging app for $21 billion. It is now more than two and a half years later and the Social Network is losing its place as a source of news in many markets. Ironically, taking its place is none other than WhatsApp. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released the results of a study made up of 71,805 respondents from 36 different countries. The survey revealed that in more than half of the 36 markets, the percentage of people that rely on Facebook as a source of news has declined.

Despite …

WhatsApp to add option to share any type of file in future update

WhatsApp is testing many new features and improvements, but some of them never go public for reasons unknown. The latest feature that the company is now experimenting with will allow WhatsApp users to share any type of file using the Android, iOS and desktop version of the app.

For the time being, WhatsApp does not support the share of all file types, so you’re forced to use third-party apps in some cases. The good news is the situation might change in the not so distant future.

Apparently, the developer is already pushing the new feature to a limited number …

WhatsApp will continue supporting Android Gingerbread all the way up until 2020

According to the latest official numbers, Android versions bearing the Gingerbread name account for just 0.8 percent of total Android usage. This sure isn’t much when looked at through the lens of the overall smartphone market, but it still accounts for tens of thousands of devices. And as it turns out, Facebook is one of the few companies out there still willing to acknowledge that fact – and take appropriate actions with its services.

That is to say, the company has just released the latest revision of its platform support plans for WhatsApp, outlining exactly when legacy …

Of course UK politicians are using WhatsApp to plot who will replace prime minister Theresa May

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The last few days have been rough for United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May.

The election she called for, meant to consolidate power for her conservative party ahead of Brexit negotiations, backfired and cost her side a crucial majority in parliament. 

That self-inflicted blow, and the surge of the Labour party, has led to calls for her resignation. Now the Washington Post reports that some conservative politicians from her own party are using the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp to plot who will replace the embattled prime minister:   Read more…

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WhatsApp update adds color filters, new reply shortcut, more

WhatsApp quietly updated the iOS version of its messaging app. The new iteration includes a couple of new features that won’t be available to Android users for a while. Although WhatsApp hasn’t been clear on the matter, an update may be released for the Android app, but an ETA wasn’t provided yet.

In any case, here is what you can expect to get after updating WhatsApp for iOS to the latest version. First off, you will now be able to use one of the five new color filters to your media. In order to use these filters, simply capture or choose a photo, video, or GIF, …