New group chat features arrive on WhatsApp starting today

WhatsApp took to its blog today to introduce a series of new features for group chats. One new feature allows for a description of the group to be posted. This will explain the group’s “purpose, guidelines, or topics” and will be visible at the top of the screen to new members. The “@” button now found at the bottom right of a group chat will allow users who have been away, to catch up. Tapping on the symbol will allow members to see all messages that mention them since their last visit to the group, or reply to a previous message that they sent.

Want to know who is participating in a group …


WhatsApp updates its Windows Phone app to add new features and comply with privacy laws

New European privacy rules take effect on May 25th, which prevent companies like Facebook from using members’ personal data without express consent. Facebook owned messaging app WhatsApp has just updated its Windows Phone platform to conform with the new privacy laws on the continent. The update takes the latest version of WhatsApp to v2.18.88, and also includes some other features, performance enhancements and bug fixes.

With the update, users of the messaging app can request to see data that the app has collected from them. Similar to Facebook, clicking on “Request Account Info” in settings …

A pair of texts sent to WhatsApp can cause the app and your Android device to crash

A couple of text messages sent to WhatsApp can crash the messaging app, or even an entire Android phone. These text messages have hidden symbols between spaces. When a WhatsApp user taps on part of either message, the hidden symbols expand, overwhelming WhatsApp and the Android OS. That causes the app and/or the phone to go down.

One message is a simple text in quotations that reads “This is very interesting,” with the “laughing so much I’m crying” emoji. The hidden symbols are between the emoji and the quotation mark.  The second message tells you exactly what will happen if …

WhatsApp for iPhone updated with Picture-in-Picture mode, other improvements

WhatsApp has just released a new update for its iPhone version, which brings some improvements aimed at European users, as well as new features that should be available to everyone. The most important seems to be the new PiP ability that’s been teased for quite a long time.

The new Picture-in-Picture mode supports two services for the moment, Instagram and Facebook, which means that whenever you receive a link to a video hosted by one of these services, you’ll be able to play it right within WhatsApp.

Moreover, you’ll be able to continue to watch the video while navigating to another …

WhatsApp will get stickers and group video calls option soon

Facebook announced earlier today that major changes are coming to WhatsApp soon. Among the most important, group video calls will arrive “in the coming months,” WhatsApp’s director Mubarik Imam confirmed during F8 conference.

While she didn’t offer any additional details on the upcoming feature, she did reveal screenshots that show four people simultaneously participating in a video call, although it’s unclear if that’s the maximum number supported or one that’s been randomly chosen by WhatsApp to demo the feature.

Furthermore, Imam said WhatsApp will get stickers, in the same vein …

Jan Koum, co-founder of WhatsApp, leaves Facebook over privacy issues

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal cost Facebook an unknown number of subscribers. There is also another casualty. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook. The latter purchased the WhatsApp messaging app in a transaction that closed in October, 2014. The final purchase price of over $21 billion opened some eyes in the industry because of the hefty price tag. While Koum reportedly made only $1 a year in salary at Facebook, his stock deal includes restricted stock units that vest quarterly over four years. Last year, he reaped $2.83 billion by selling some of his vested shares.

Koum’s …

WhatsApp assures users their data is safe.

As we have reported previously, WhatsApp is owned by Facebook. Apparently WhatsApp has posted a new FAQ section that reassures users that their data and communications are private. It may come as no surprise that the company has slipped this on to the site, considering the public uproar over the Facebook controversy. what is especially interesting is that this addition to the FAQ has come not long after the founder of WhatsApp recommended users delete Facebook via his Twitter account. It is possible that the company worried that the founder’s tweet may link the app to the controversy and therefore …

WhatsApp Android beta allows users to notify contacts when they change their WA number

WhatsApp has started rolling out a new feature to those using the Android beta version of the messaging app. Now, when a user changes his/hers WhatsApp phone number, the subscriber will be given the option to alert his/her contacts of the new number via a notification. Found on WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.18.97, the “Change Number feature” offers three notification options.

The three choices users have are to notify all contacts about the new phone number, notify only those contacts that the user has chatted with, or notify those contacts hand-picked by the user. To send the notification, …

WhatsApp Business app is in the works for Windows 10 Mobile

WhatsApp could be working on a new Windows 10 Mobile business app. Earlier in the year, WhatsApp introduced the new WhatsApp Business app for Android, allowing both small and large companies to take advantage of the app’s huge user base, while also simplifying the process of communicating with customers. Since the launch, however, the messaging service has failed to introduce the app on any other platforms, but according to a new screenshot, this could be about to change.

As can be seen in the image, WhatsApp appears to be deep into the process of developing a Windows 10 Mobile …

WhatsApp gets voice recording lock and in-app YouTube playback in latest update

WhatsApp is getting a pair of neat, new features in the latest update – voice recording lock and in-app YouTube video playback. These features are rolling out on the WhatsApp stable channel on iOS and are also live in WhatsApp beta for Android, version 2.18.102.

The voice recording lock allows users to record voice messages without having to hold down the record button. All you need to do is simply “latch” the lock by sliding the voice recording icon up. This means you can now hold your phone any which way you want, without having to keep your thumb …