No more “Last Seen At” jokes as WhatsApp updates privacy settings for its Android app, also enables user to Pay for Friends WhatsApp Service

WhatsApp has rolled out a major update to its Android app. The messenger now gives complete control to the users to show or hide their Last Seen, Profile Pic and Status update.

To use the features, users need to update the app to version (2.11.186) from Google Play Store. once the app is updated, users can change their privacy setting from setiing menu under account setting and then privacy (Settings > Account > Privacy).

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The update also includes many other interesting new features like enabling users to pay for their friends WhatsApp service. Now users can pay for their friends Whatsapp service by visiting the perticular friends contact in their WhatsApp contact list and then from Menu select Pay for friend.

Some of the other important updates are the option to share/save profile photo/group icon, Camera shortcut for quicker picture sending, large video thumbnails in chat, and option to show unread messages on home screen widget (Android 3.0+) etc…

WhatsApp version (2.11.186) changelog:

new privacy settings for last seen, profile photo and status
add Camera shortcut for quicker picture sending
add ability to pay for a friend’s WhatsApp service
add large video thumbnails in chat
add option to show unread messages on home screen widget (Android 3.0+)
add option to share/save profile photo/group icon
increase message history user can send
fix sending flag emoji on Sony phones
fix voice note recording volume on Samsung Note 3 and Sony phones
enabled Hindi (Android 4.1+)

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Telegram: A worthy alternative to WhatsApp

After the massive Facebook – WhatsApp deal, there has been a lot of talk about the messaging services and which one is the best of them. Type Messaging or IM in the Google, Apple or Windows app store and you will be flooded with hundreds of apps that look and work exactly the same way with the sole aim of providing instant messaging and content sharing access to users but only a few apps like WhatsApp, Viber and Line have been able to make a mark for themselves.

Adding to the growing list of messengers, we have a new kid on the block, Telegram, which aims to be different from the others. Telegram is a free cross-platform messenger launched in 2013 by the developer Digital Fortress LLC. It’s available on iOS and android with no ads and the developer says the service will remain free from subscription and ads for lifetime.

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Telegram for iOS
Android version
Telegram for Android

The app has all the features that one expects from a modern day messenger like group chat with up to 100 people, video sharing up to 1GB, instant photo and media sharing etc.. The apps UI looks somewhat similar to WhatsApp and just like WhatsApp is loaded with number of emoticons.

But thats not all. The biggest USP of Telegram is its Speed, Privacy and Security. The app provides an interesting feature called Secret chats, which as per the developer provides end-to-end encryption to ensure that a message can only be read by its intended recipient. All your secret chats are never logged or stored on any of the servers and the user can automatically program the messages to self-destruct from both the devices so there is never any record of it. So, there is no worry of Mr. X or the NSA reading all your private and confidential messages. All the secret chats are encrypted, regardless of type. Telegram encryption is based on 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, RSA 2048 encryption and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange.

So the big question is should you abandon WhatsApp and switch to Telegram? When you take into account all the features the app provides, with zero fees for lifetime and no ads, and club it with the additional security for your private and confidential messages and media, it’s definitely worth consideration. But before you switch to Telegram, make sure you have your friends also on the messenger.

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Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $16billion

Facebook has acquired the famous cross platform messaging service WhatsApp for huge sum of $16 billion. The deal will include $12billion worth shares of Facebook and $4billion in cash.

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Facebook says just like Instagram, which it purchased for $1billion, Whatsapp will also operate independently. Whatsapp has built a leading and rapidly growing real-time mobile messaging service, with Over 450 million people using the service each month; 70% of those people active on a given day. Whatsapp accounts for more users than the Facebook messenger app. So it’s a good and obvious buy for Facebook which is losing its user base to the messaging services like Whatsapp, Viber quite rapidly.

“WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “I’ve known Jan for a long time and I’m excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected.”

After the buyout, Whatsapp co-founder and CEO will join Facebook board of directors.

Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO, said, “WhatsApp’s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We’re excited and honored to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world.”