WhatsApp underwent many changes in 2019, and several of them were featured in the TechTudo. The most read story of the year about the messenger helped users to find out if the account was cloned by criminals, in a scam often practiced in Brazil to steal money from victims' contacts. Another issue that resonated was a subtle change in the spelling of the word online in the Web version of the program, which left some users puzzled.
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Among other changes and new features that were successful are the beginning of support for Memoji in the iPhone app (iOS), autoplay in udders in sequence on Android phones and the use of football stickers in conversations, which became a fever throughout the year . Check out the ten most read articles on WhatsApp in the list below TechTudo in 2019.
See the list of most read articles on WhatsApp in 2019 Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo
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1. How to know if WhatsApp has been cloned
This article taught how to identify whether the WhatsApp account was cloned through a common scam in Brazil, in which criminals gain access to the user's personal conversations and try to steal money from contacts through false messages assuming the victim's identity. Among the tips pointed out in the text, are checking the active sessions in the web version of the messenger, checking for strange activities in the account and being careful with spy apps. The story also gave tips on how to protect yourself from the scam.
WhatsApp Web still displays the word 'online' Photo: Reproduo / TechTudo
The Web version of WhatsApp suddenly changed the spelling of the word online to online, with hfen, and aroused the curiosity of many users. On social media, several people commented on the change, saying they felt uncomfortable and even playing with the situation. The messenger did not explain the reason for the change, but reversed the change and returned to showing the version without a hyphen.
3. Failed to download media
WhatsApp on low audio and fails to download images Photo: Reproduo / WhatsApp
An instability presented by the messenger in the month of July meant that users were unable to download audio, voice messages and send images in conversations. The failure affected Brazil, Argentina, Germany and other European countries. On the same day, Facebook and Instagram, all belonging to the same business group, also experienced execution failures. In a note, WhatsApp acknowledged the error and said it was working to normalize the situation.
4. Memoji on WhatsApp for iPhone
How to use Memojis on WhatsApp
WhatsApp for iPhone got an update in August that now allows sending Memojis as stickers in conversations. Until then, the drawings were sent in an image format. Users can access the stickers next to traditional emojis and send caricatures with different facial expressions, to demonstrate different feelings in the chat.
5. Integration with other apps
Integration of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram was one of the highlights of 2019 Photo: Tainah Tavares / TechTudo
A possible integration between WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram, announced in February, would have privacy as the main focus. The combination of platforms provides improvements in security to make conversations more private, encrypted and with an expiration limit. This means that the content sent on the three platforms would automatically disappear, just like it already does on Instagram Stories. The change is still under development and there is no forecast for completion.
orange WhatsApp audio? Users comment on mysterious update Photo: Reproduo / Aline Batista
The ball on the WhatsApp Beta audio player turned orange and intrigued users. Traditionally gray, green and blue, depending on the status of sending and reproduction, the change in color was noticed in January this year and until now there is no explanation for its meaning the orange color appeared randomly in the chat, without a pattern of use . WhatsApp said there was no information about the case.
Learn how to install soccer team stickers on WhatsApp Photo: Helito Beggiora / TechTudo
Stickers with soccer team shields became a hit on WhatsApp. The Times do Brasil app offers packages with clubs from series A, B and C of the Brazilian Championship and are useful to use in conversations with friends about the results of the competitions. This tutorial taught you how to download and use stickers on Android phones.
8. How to change the font in Status
Learn how to change the text font in WhatsApp Status Photo: Helito Beggiora / TechTudo
This tutorial taught you how to change the font used in WhatsApp Status. The messenger ephemeral service has different letter options, with classic or cursive formats, ideal for expressing yourself in different situations. It is also possible to change the formatting, size and colors to make the publication even more creative. The external Stylish Text app, available for Android, offers even more options for typographic fonts to use in Status.
9. Correction of group failures
WhatsApp fixed a flaw that blocked the messenger from all members of a group. The vulnerability, detected in August, changed the number of one of the participants to freeze the app of the other users to correct the problem, it was necessary to delete the group and, thus, lose all conversation history. In September, the messenger released an update for Android and iPhone that corrects the bug and prevents further freezes.
10. Autoplay on Android on Android
In May, WhatsApp for Android gained the autoplay function for audio sent and received in sequence. So, just play the first audio and the others will be played automatically, without the need to start each item manually. The function guarantees practicality on a daily basis and has been available on WhatsApp for iPhone since 2018.
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