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Facing backlash and user anger at the new changes in the app, WhatsApp is reportedly bringing back the old Status feature that allowed users to set up a text message as their status in their users profiles. However, now the feature — once it is back — will be called Tagline.

On Thursday WhatsApp had rolled out a new feature called Status. This adds a tab to the app, similar to the Chat tab, where people can share their photos and videos. At the same time, company removed the old “status” feature that was part of user profile.

A twitter account – Wabetainfo – that often leaks features from beta versions of the chat apps tweeted that in WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.17.6.21 and for Windows Phone 2.17.82 the Tagline feature has been added, although for now it is hidden. In the Android version too, the feature is expected to make a comeback.

WhatsApp’s new Status feature has so far divided users. Many see it as an unnecessary complication that will turn their chat into a social media app. Many other, meanwhile, like the feature but lament the loss of old Status feature and removal of Contacts tab from the main navigation bar.

It is now clear why WhatsApp removed the old Status feature. The new Status works very differently and has a different purpose compared to the old one. The company could have easily kept both of them within the app. While writing about the new Status update, here is what we wrote yesterday.

Now, that status message is gone. But that is not the point. The point is that this good old Status feature was used by WhatsApp users to inform their contacts about something. Say for example, someone is on holiday. He or she will put up a Status saying that “travelling, don’t call” and hope that the message reaches people. Two weeks later, after back from holiday, the user would replace the status with something else… This ability to tell your WhatsApp contacts what about your “status” is now gone, replaced by the new WhatsApp Status feature, which won’t let you set a text message as a status and won’t let you keep the “status” for more than 24 hours.

On the occasion of New Year, mobile messaging application WhatsApp suffered an outage.

Network tracking sites received more than a thousand reports of the app’s outage as of 10 pm today (Dec 31).

The outage appeared to last slightly more than half an hour.

The website said Whatsapp had been facing issues since 10 pm. At about 10.45 pm, the tracking site received 1,739 reports of network outage. By 11.15 pm, service on Whatsapp seemed to be restored as the tracking site only received two reports of outage.

Some 42 per cent of users on the tracking site reported  problems sending or receiving messages, while another 42 per cent said they had connection problems. Fourteen per cent reported log-in problems.

Whatsapp allows users to send and receive messages, photos, and other information and is widely used among smart phone users as an alternative to SMS.

Fans of the popular WhatsApp messaging app on Windows Phone can download a new update today, but it’s not currently clear what’s new. The change log in the Windows Store is an old one, so this may be a minor update for the app.

Officially, the new version number for WhatsApp on Windows Phone is 2.12.212. A couple of our readers have indicated that there is a new user interface for the camera and starred message support in this new version but we have been unable to confirm this. If you do notice these changes, and any others with the new WhatsApp update, please let us know in the comments and we will update the post.

Update: Here is what we know so far

Starring – You can now long press on a message to ‘star’ it, which is just a fancy way of saying favorite. Under Featured Messages you can see these bookmarked snippets

Camera interface updated for snapping photos within the app

Updated video and photo upload interface

This morning, Telegram users on WhatsApp noticed something strange. The chat app was blocking any links to Telegram.me, a rival chat app that grew popular in the wake of earlier WhatsApp outages. The URLs still appeared as messages, but they did not register as hyperlinks and users were blocked from copying them to paste into another app — effectively treating them like malware or spam. The behavior wasn’t exhibited on every device but it was consistent within devices, blocking both usernames and links to individual messages or chat rooms.
Telegram confirmed the activity, which seems to have begun with a silent update pushed earlier this morning. The update has the same version number as a previously deployed update (2.12.367), but a Telegram volunteer confirmed that a new 367 update was deployed this morning. That update likely hasn’t reached every device using WhatsApp, which may explain why the block is not consistent across different devices. Testing revealed that the block also includes Telegram.com, an unrelated URL owned by a newspaper in Worcester, Massachusetts.
This morning, Telegram users on WhatsApp noticed something strange. The chat app was blocking any links to Telegram.me, a rival chat app that grew popular in the wake of earlier WhatsApp outages. The URLs still appeared as messages, but they did not register as hyperlinks and users were blocked from copying them to paste into another app — effectively treating them like malware or spam. The behavior wasn’t exhibited on every device but it was consistent within devices, blocking both usernames and links to individual messages or chat rooms.

Telegram confirmed the activity, which seems to have begun with a silent update pushed earlier this morning. The update has the same version number as a previously deployed update (2.12.367), but a Telegram volunteer confirmed that a new 367 update was deployed this morning. That update likely hasn’t reached every device using WhatsApp, which may explain why the block is not consistent across different devices. Testing revealed that the block also includes Telegram.com, an unrelated URL owned by a newspaper in Worcester, Massachusetts.

An example shared on /r/Telegram
Those link-blocks are a common tool at Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, although they’ve been controversial in the past. In 2010, Facebook faced criticism for blocking Pirate Bay links in the newly unveiled messaging system, after a long history of blocking similar apps on the News Feed. More recently, it drew criticism for blocking any mention of the social network Tsu.co, which pays users a percentage of its ad revenue for each post. But while those blocks are a regular occurrence within Facebook proper, this is the first major link-block we’ve seen from WhatsApp.

It remains to be seen whether the link is a purposeful move against Telegram or an unintentional glitch, but Telegram doesn’t seem worried. “Typically after a media backlash, FB steps back and blames their intelligent filtering for the problem,” a Telegram spokesperson said. “We expect the same to happen this time as well.” Facebook and WhatsApp did not respond to a request for comment; we will update with any response.

WhatsApp has recently rolled out an update which allows users to chat in Urdu and Bengali languages.

The latest version 2.12.367 brings along a couple of other features like allowing users to mark chats as unread or read and rich preview which generates a preview of the URL being shared.

However, users will have an option to choose whether to share the preview or not.

Along with this, the latest WhatsApp update brings in other changes like allowing users to change the colour of emojis by just pressing a little longer.

The latest update also brings with it the ability to star a message by just tapping and holding on it in a chat. This helps users to easily find them later when required. This feature works much like a bookmark.

Also, the update brings in support for Android direct share which is compatible with Android 6.0 and above.

This new feature allows users to quickly choose a specific chat while content is being shared from other apps.

To recall, last month, WhatsApp had rolled out update which allowed users to backup conversations, photos and videos to Google Drive.

NEW DELHI: You may soon need to keep a copy all messages sent through encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp (Android version supports encryption), Google Hangouts or Apple’s iMessage, for 90 days, if the proposed National Encryption Policy is implemented in its current form. Online businesses too would need to keep your sensitive information including passwords in plain text for the same period of time, thus exposing your information to potential hacking attacks.

The government has published a draft of the policy document online to seek feedback from citizens and organisations. It details methods of encryption of data and communication used by the government, businesses and citizens.

Here are some implications for citizens and companies if the policy is implemented in its current form…

According to the draft, citizens may use encryption technology for storage and communication. However, encryption algorithms and key sizes will be prescribed by the government through Notification from time to time. This means that the government will determine the encryption standards for all and entities like Google and WhatsApp will have to follow the encryption standards prescribed by the Indian government.

What’s bizarre is that the draft lists specific guidelines for all citizens who use encryption services including instructions that individuals should store in plain text versions of communication for 90 days. So this may imply that you’ll have to store your WhatsApp messages for 90 days or face action in case asked to reproduce.

What’s appalling is that the government expects all citizens to be aware of encrypted communication and the way to store messages in plain text securely. A large number of users may in fact not even know that WhatsApp and iMessage use encryption.

As per the draft, “all citizens including personnel of Government / Business (G/B) performing non-official / personal functions, are required to store the plaintexts of the corresponding encrypted information for 90 days from the date of transaction and provide the verifiable Plain Text to Law and Enforcement Agencies as and when required as per the provision of the laws of the country.”

The draft also proposes similar guidelines for B2B or enterprise users where data exchange is even more critical and for B2C communication. “On demand, the user shall be able to reproduce the same Plain text and encrypted text pairs using the software / hardware used to produce the encrypted text from the given plain text. Such plain text information shall be stored by the user/organisation/agency for 90 days from the date of transaction and made available to Law Enforcement Agencies as and when demanded in line with the provisions of the laws of the country,” it adds. This implies that e-commerce websites will have to keep a plain-text copy of user details leaving their information vulnerable to hackers.

The policy also mentions that Service Providers located within and outside India, using encryption technology for providing any type of services in India must enter into an agreement with the government for providing such services in India. The government will designate an appropriate agency for entering into such an agreement with the service provider located within and outside India. This means WhatsApp, Apple and Google will have to sign agreements with the Indian government to provide services in the country as they use encryption technology. This will make the process more bureaucratic and create roadblocks for app providers. In its current form the policy could have a detrimental effect on the privacy of citizens and expose sensitive data to potential abuse.

“All vendors of encryption products shall register their products with the designated agency of the government. While seeking registration, the vendors shall submit working copies of the encryption software / hardware to the Government along with professional quality documentation, test suites and execution platform environments. The vendors shall work with the designated Government Agencies in security evaluation of their encryption products,” the draft adds.

However, mass use products like SSL/TLS that are used for financial transactions are exempted from registration. Users in India are allowed to use only the products registered in India though. So using a service not registered with the government will be illegal. “Government reserves the right to take appropriate action as per Law of the country for any violation of this Policy,” the draft categorically states.

The document has been drafted by an expert group set up under the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) which comes under the union ministry of communications and information technology. All citizens can send their comments on the draft policy to [email protected] by October 16 and give suggestions.

Source : TOI

WhatsApp has finally updated their app on iOS. The update will be bringing in multitudes of bug fixes, features and  performance improvements on the iPhone.

The last update which brought back a few features was pushed out last month. The latest update is available on the App Store and will take the WhatsApp version to 2.12.5.

Some key features of the new WhatsApp iOS update will be backup option for videos, improved VoiceOver support, and sharing your location directly with another WhatsApp user.

Videos can be backed up from the chat backups options. Tap into Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup.

Improved support for VoiceOver will result in better quality recordings and sounds. In-app cropping and editing has also improved for images and videos. The location sharing will now be displaying a larger sized map for improved readability and convenience. Like their Android counterparts, iPhone users will now be able to directly share contacts from their phone’s Contacts app.

Custom notification settings for chats, mark as unread with a swipe, and the reduction of data used during a WhatsApp call are few of the features that have already hit the Android version of the app.

WhatsApp has now come up with the latest update of its Android application which will allow you to backup your WhatsApp conversations to Google Drive. You can avail this new feature with the latest update of WhatsApp with version number 2.12.126 for Android.

In order to create a backup of your conversation, you will be required to select the option to take a backup to Google Drive in the ‘Settings’ tab of WhatsApp. You will also be reqired to connect your Gmail account associated with Drive to your WhatsApp account.

With the latest feature your chat conversation backup will be speedier as WhatsApp already has an offline conversation backup feature. Now, with the online conversation backup, your WhatsApp chats will show up in Google Drive whenever you take a backup.

However, the updated features is not available on Google Play Store at the moment. The update is also not available on Windows Phone or the iOS platform yet. The new WhatsApp version can be downloaded from the company’s official website.

The company CEO Jan Koum had recently announced on his Facebook page that WhatsApp has acquired nearly 800 million monthly active users. The messaging app has also released Material Design for Android smartphones which is currently available on an apk file. The Material Design service brings a refreshing colour scheme and a new and refined outlook for the messaging application.

WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging services, has updated its Android app with the much-awaited material design makeover. This material design update has come in the form of WhatsApp build version 2.12.41 and you can download it from company’s website. WhatsApp has been pushing out frequent updates since past few weeks and now is the turn of a beautiful makeover.

What is new in material design update?

This latest update has been released for Android platform and is currently unavailable on Play Store. The new 19MB sized APK file could be download from the WhatsApp website.

In the new WhatsApp with material design, there is a new animation-styled theme that gives this instant messaging app a new look and feel. The updated app has new icons, color-filled emoticon tray and the all new voice calling feature. After the update, calls, chats and contacts are merged with app’s taskbar in a single color.

 

The chat conversation has a new bubble-like design and after opening the click, you will see a green-colored icon for voice recording. The icons for attachments are now bigger and colorful with new animations. Now if you tap on a user’s name and open it, the new picture is bigger along with the other details.

 

If you’ve turned on the screen rotation, and you flip the phone after tapping on user’s name, the profile picture shown is bigger and the rest of the information is on the other side.

 

Right now, this update is unavailable as a regular WhatsApp update from Play Store but you can download it from the link given below.

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To say the WhatsApp voice calling feature has captured the attention of the masses would be an understatement, and among the latest developments regarding the rollout of the feature is a report that a United Arab Emirates (UAE) telecom operator has blocked the VoIP functionality.

A report by Emirates 24/7 cites an unnamed company source to claim Etisalat – one of two licensed telecom operators in the UAE, the other being Du – started blocking WhatsApp voice calls over its network from Monday, and that the ban would take four to six days to affect all its customers in the UAE. It is being speculated that those users who’ve managed to activate the feature can still continue to use it over Wi-Fi networks.

The Emirates 24/7 report adds that subscribers of Du are still able to use the WhatsApp voice calling feature, implying the telecom operator has not yet blocked the service. This leniency is not expected to last however, with a statement by the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) clarifying the rules surrounding the offering and usage of VoIP services in the UAE.

The TRA in its statement says that “VoIP services are still a prerogative of the licensed providers who reserve the right to provide such services through their networks. Companies wishing to offer such services must co-ordinate with the licensed telecom providers in the UAE.” The regulator’s VoIP policy from 2013 states only Etisalat and Due are licensed to provide telecommunications services in the UAE, and this includes VoIP.

Of course, with such a rule in place, WhatsApp voice calling is not the only VoIP service that is affected. Skype, perhaps the most popular VoIP service in the world, is only allowed to offer text messaging in the UAE, and the TRA confirmed that no change has been made to the VoIP policy with specific reference to the Microsoft-owned service.

“As to what the licensees have done in unblocking Skype’s website in the UAE, this action does not change the position of the TRA or amend the policy as this service is considered a Regulated Activity, therefore, it must be provided by a licensee. Should the service be provided through a partnership with a third party, both licensees must seek approval to provide such service after fulfilling the regulatory and technical requirements of the TRA, which has not happened in the case of Skype. VoIP services through Skype are still unauthorised,” the TRA said.

The regulator added that Viber, which also offers VoIP services elsewhere in the world, is also not licensed in the UAE.

Etisalat’s reported reaction to ban WhatsApp voice calling in the UAE is not very surprising, with other telecom operators having already made clear their reluctance to freely allow VoIP and other OTT services to operate. Specifically, India’s leading operator, Bharti Airtel, had back in December announced plans to rollout VoIP calling packs in the country, attributing the move to the potential loss in investment of rolling out data network infrastructure across the country.

Airtel later reversed its decision, saying it would wait for Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to release its consultation paper on OTT services, which essentially includes all apps and services that make use of the Internet

WhatsApp has now rolled out the voice calling feature for its Android users in India.

Finally WhatsApp rolled out its WhatsApp Calling features for all the Android users in India. This can be downloaded either from Playstore: version 2.11.528 or from the WhatsApp website: version 2.11.531 or even it can be activated if users get an “invite” by receiving call from some other user who has already activated the voice calling feature.

Now user can directly get the voice calling feature if you get an “invite” as mentioned above. Once an invite is received user receives the call and user would need to close and reopen the app. Soon the WhatsApp Calling feature gets updated in WhatsApp and now user will be able to see 3 tabs on the WhatsApp homescreen instead of the most recent chats. The 3 tabs are namely Calls, Chats and Contacts. The call tab shows incoming, outgoing and missed calls at the precise times and is pretty much similar to a smartphone’s contact directory and it also keeps a record of recent WhatsApp calls.

One of our user Prachi Soni send us this screen shot to let us know that she got a calling feature on her Moto G and she also said that she invite more than 20 of her friends for this feature and all of them easily getting the calling feature.

Last week we reported a WhatsApp malware which was promising an access to the voice calling feature ofWhatsApp and if users clicked on the link it would take them to some survey wherein userswere forced to download applications which might contain dangerousmalwares. So just a word of caution to all users would be to download the feature only from thePlaystore orWhatsapp website.The “invite” window will remain open for a longer time this time unlike during its Beta testing when the window was kept open for only few hours. So users can take their own time get the feature downloaded in their device.

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