WhatsApp celebrates its ten years of history on Sunday. The app came out on February 24, 2009 and revolutionized the Internet communication model (Wi-Fi or 3G / 4G) by sending free text or voice messages to Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. More than one billion people use the app and the network currently has approximately 100 million users in Brazil. The number is so relevant that makes Brazilians at the top of the list of fans of the app.
The app has come to simplify people's lives and at its name shows that the idea has always been to encourage relationships. WhatsApp a joke with the term "what's up?" As if it were a "and a?" or "what's going on?" From ten years ago to today, many resources have arrived, so check out the major changes in the messenger story.
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1. iOS, Android and conversation groups
Although WhatsApp emerged and revolutionized communication in 2009, its popularity increased even from 2010, when the app was also available to users of Android phones. So far, the app was restricted to using iPhone (iOS) phones. In 2011 the so-called WhatsApp groups appeared and it was easy to gather and chat with friends of common interest.
WhatsApp lets user know when contact reads message Photo: Barbara Mannara / TechTudo
At the end of 2014 read receipts appeared. The update now allows the received and read messages to have two blue lines, signaling the reading by the contact. The feature was long awaited by users and has now arrived available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone phones. Before that, it was only allowed to see that the message was delivered.
In 2015 WhatsApp Web arrived, allowing desktop messaging. The new function has now functioned as an extension of cell phones. With the browser reflecting the messages previously seen only on mobile devices, came the convenience of working on the PC without having to stop to look at the app conversations on mobile.
Android call interface Photo: Carolina Danelli / TechTudo
Also in 2015, WhatsApp released voice calls to its users. The version now allows free calls to be made using the internet-connected application (Wi-Fi or 3G / 4G). The new function further moved the telephone operators, as they were no longer essential for mobile calls to be made.
5. End-to-end encryption and security
WhatsApp users were able to feel safer when using the app in 2016, when a new form of protection of conversations between users was adopted. End-to-end encryption made it possible to break into the app, protecting all messages sent through the messenger.
Status allows you to capture photos and videos that last 24 hours. Photo: Playback / Ana Marques
In 2017 WhatsApp added a new function inspired by Instagram Stories. Through the feature, called WhatsApp Status, the previously chat-only app now allows status updates with images, GIFs, text, and videos that disappear after 24 hours.
7. Live Location Submission
WhatsApp displays live location Photo: Divulgation / WhatsApp
WhatsApp released in 2017, a tool for the user to share their exact location on the map through the GPS on their smartphones. The new function, when enabled, displays the user's location in real time. As the person moves, the indicator on the map goes along and thus reflects the true course without excuses or weapons.
8. Audio and Video Group Calls
Group call via WhatsApp Photo: Divulgao / WhatsApp
Those who missed talking to more than one person at a time via video were very pleased with the WhatsApp update made in 2018. The audio and video group calls were released and users were able to participate simultaneously in the video. videoconferencing, with the same features that made Skype an important application in the desktop world.
WhatsApp releases in-app stickers Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo
Another big news last year was the release of the use of stickers. WhatsApp provided several stickers so that conversations between users could gain an even more fun and dynamic profile. In addition to the stickers already available, it is still possible to customize and save new stickers.
10. Message Forwarding Limit
In January of this year, WhatsApp announced another update: reducing the in-app message forwarding limit. Until last year, the user could forward the same message to up to 20 contacts. Now you can only share with up to five people. The measure had a good cause: slow down and even prevent the spread of rumors on the Internet.
Next expected features
Over the years, the app has looked for ways to stay up to date on technology news and fads adhered to by users. For upcoming updates, rumors are that announcements will arrive at WhatsApp via Status soon. There is also speculation about integration between Facebook's WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger platforms.