WhatsApp went through some technical issues in March, but also announced news, which drew the public attention of the app, available on Android and iPhone (iOS). During the month, the messenger was without sending audio and images, a inconvenience for users. In addition, the chat platform will block accounts linked to unofficial versions of the messenger. Another highlight is the integration of the Instagram and Facebook service, released by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, responsible for the trade.
The change is intended to ensure user privacy while at the same time providing a convergence environment between apps. WhatsApp's efforts to improve the experience also concern the system configurations which, in beta, feature night mode testing, fingerprint locking and Transgender Pride flag emoji. Check out the ten news and tips from TechTudo about WhatsApp most sought after by readers in March.
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WhatsApp issues and news have drawn readers' attention to the messenger in March Photo: Nicolly Vimercate / TechTudo
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1. Audio and image upload failed
WhatsApp can't send media Photo: Playback / Marlon Camara
WhatsApp faced inconvenience with sending media on the 13th. According to reports made on Twitter, the messenger went down and then could not process the sending of audio, photos and videos. Apparently, the failure hit Brazil, several countries in Europe and also part of the United States. On the same day, Facebook and Instagram faced instability on their platforms. In response to TechTudoMark Zuckerberg's Facebook, responsible for the three social networks, confirmed the bug and said he was committed to solving the situation.
2. February Highlights
Account cloning and tips on whether an app was hacked were among February highlights Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo
The attempt to clone WhatsApp accounts was the most prominent issue in February. The polemic involved more than 5,000 victims of the coup. Tips to find out if the app was hacked and the launch of the Touch ID function for iPhone was also a hit with readers. Other major themes in the shortest month of the year include platform spam combat, the Fouad WhatsApp alternate version, the new look under test, and the extensive one that lets you secretly read messages sent in groups.
3. Integration between WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp conversations will be integrated Photo: Tainah Tavares / TechTudo
The planned integration of WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram will focus on user privacy. With the change, still under development, the user will be able to exchange messages on any of the platforms even without registering them all. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the news that predicts conversational security improvements. One of the proposals that the content automatically expires, that is, has an expiration time as occurs in Stories. Another measure is end-to-end encryption, already applied in WhatsApp, which will be implemented in the other two apps and prevents third party interception of the content.
Transgender Pride Flag Emoji Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira
WhatsApp for Android in Beta verse has earned a secret Emoji from the Transgender Pride flag. To view the picture, unavailable in the native emoji bar, I need to copy and paste the code "" into the conversation. Only users of the app's test version 2.19.56 have access to the emoji, and the recipient must also have WhatsApp Beta to see the symbol. The flag representing transgender people has a striped design and intersperses light blue and pink with a white stripe in the center. The arrival of the image promotes inclusion and recognition through the messenger.
5. Carnival Figurines
Application installs carnival stickers to use on WhatsApp Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo
WhatsApp users were able to celebrate Carnival 2019 with the Commemorative Dates Figurines app, which offers carnival-themed stickers. The free app is only available for Android phones. Interested parties can find stickers featuring dancers from samba schools, colorful masks, and snippets of famous marches, such as "open the wings," "Give me some money," and "Mame, I want". This way, folios could further customize their interaction in the messaging service.
6. WhatsApp Momo on YouTube?
WhatsApp's Momo has ended up on YouTube, but a scam Photo: Aline Batista / TechTudo
In March, the rumor circulated about WhatsApp's return to Momo. The macabre figure would be appearing on children's YouTube videos to instruct children to kill or injure themselves. Supposedly, the little ones should also keep the content a secret from their parents. In a political response, YouTube said there was no evidence of the challenge on the site and recommended that people report it if they found such a video. Viralized in 2018, Momo considered by authorities in digital environments a hoax, that is, a scam published on the web.
7. Night mode and lock
WhatsApp tests night mode version that promises to enhance user experience Photo: Divulgao / WABeta Info
Night mode and app lock by digital are under test by WhatsApp. The long-awaited feature promises to follow the trend of other applications and is intended to provide a more comfortable eye interface by reducing screen brightness. Another novelty is authentication via fingerprint, with the goal of reinforcing the security of the messenger, as it prevents unauthorized people from reading their conversations. The functions have been included in the beta version of the Android smartphone app and there is no prediction of release for users of stable messenger version.
8. WhatsApp GB and Plus barred
Messenger will penalize users of unofficial versions of the app Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo
WhatsApp has announced a 72-hour ban on GB WhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus accounts, as well as other unofficial versions of the service. After the punishment period, the user must return official platform to avoid permanent expulsion. The social network has stated that it does not authorize third party software to use the WhatsApp development code as it cannot guarantee the protection of personal data. Alternative software attracts users thanks to the offering of unique functions, but which may pose risks.
WhatsApp Backup May Not Work Between Android and iPhone Photo: Raquel Freire / TechTudo
The most popular application in the world, used every day by Brazilians for personal and professional matters, also has its weaknesses. One of these is identification via telephone number, which has a number of disadvantages, such as exposing the number sequence to unknown people in the case of groups, for example. Another bit weak is the backup system, which has difficulty migrating between Google and Apple operating systems. Unpractical, managing groups can also be a problem, as can the app search system.
Customize WhatsApp notification sound Photo: Helito Bijora / TechTudo
Those interested in customizing the messenger notification sound can exchange the default audio for one of the ringtones available in the Sounds app for WhatsApp, free for the Android system. The service can also be used in other applications and has a collection of dozens of games, cars, bells, alarms, instruments, among others. Natively, the user can define in the software whether the desired option serves as a warning sound for new messages or ringing calls.
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