If there's one thing I learned from upgrading several family members' Android devices over the past week, it's that people are really attached to their WhatsApp history. While my smartphone days kicked off in 2007 with switching to a new review unit every couple of weeks (followed by flashing a new ROM at least once a week in 2011-2012) and learning to let go of everything I couldn't bother to move around, most users aren't accustomed to losing their data. They want their new device to have exactly what their old one had: their contacts, chat history, photos, music, and so on. Read More
A few weeks ago, WhatsApp's Call feature made a small appearance for a few users, but at the time almost no one was able to trigger it reliably and keep it activated. Read More
WhatsApp (8:00 am): Hey guys, thx for the invite! 😍
Facebook (8:01 am): Oh darling, wlc to the group! I just saw your Play Store install stats and noticed you crossed the magical 1 billion 🎉
Facebook (8:01 am): Dawg, here's your screenshot!
WhatsApp (8:01 am): I've been checking the numbers, I knew it was going to happen soon. But then I got busy with this whole Call feature invite mess over the past week and I missed it. Read More
The developer who was forced to pull WhatsApp+ after receiving a cease and desist letter from the folks at WhatsApp (cough, Facebook) is at it again. Now that talent is going over to Telegram. The developer has decided to release an enhanced version of the instant messenger by the name of Telegram+.
Telegram is an instant messaging service that emphasizes speed and privacy. It encourages developers to create third party apps utilizing its open API and protocol. Read More
The Czar has spoken. After his anointment as Google's Senior Vice President of Products last October, which put him in charge of Chrome, Android, search, ad technology, Google+, Maps, social, commerce and infrastructure, Sundar had been operating in incognito mode, occasionally letting loose a few tidbits of information, like Inbox' deployment to Apps users. In a recent interview with Forbes, the man behind most of the things we talk about here on Android Police has answered some interesting questions regarding his vast portfolio of products, tried to put an end to a few concerns, and remained mum about other issues. Read More
You know the WhatsApp calling feature that has been rumored for almost a year and supposed to roll out by the end of 2014? Well, it seems to be here, a few months late, and with a major caveat for now.
Reddit user pradnesh07 has come across the feature by receiving a WhatsApp call from a friend. That's how the option is presumably activated for each user, in an invite-like system where you have to get called by someone who already has it enabled. Read More
Users of the enhanced WhatsApp client, known fittingly as WhatsApp+ were quite rightly annoyed yesterday when the Facebook-owned company started temp-banning them from the service for using the third-party app. At the time it was unclear if WhatsApp+ would be able to find a way around the block or if it was curtains. Now we know—it's over.
Deep breaths. It's happening. WhatsApp Web just went live. Wait, where did you run off to scrolling to the bottom of the page for the link? I have important things to discuss here, like the latest Archer episode. Literally. OK, OK, I won't stall any longer.
The web service, which we first heard about last month, has been officially announced on WhatsApp's blog. Read More
Seven hundred million is a big number. 700 million of almost anything is a lot, but when you're talking about users, it's the kind of number that makes investors and analysts start to drool. It's also the amount of monthly users that popular alternative messaging app WhatsApp now has, at least according to an announcement by CEO Jan Koum. For context, Facebook initialized a purchase of WhatsApp last February (finalized in October) for approximately 22 billion dollars, when the service reportedly had "only" 450 million users. Read More