The month of June brought news to WhatsApp, such as group video conferencing for the test version of the Android app and the end of support for iOS 7 devices in 2020, like the iPhone 4. In addition, TechTudo also recalled features from the classic ICQ and showed details of WhatsApp Status, with 450 million users per day.
The fall of WhatsApp Business and the scam attempts involving Valentine's Day and the looting of PIS-Pasep also marked the messenger's last weeks. Check the summary of the month in the following lines, with the highlights of the messenger in June.
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1. Curiosities of WhatsApp Status
In June, the TechTudo told all the details and gave several tips on WhatsApp Status, a resource that allows you to publish photos, videos, GIFs and stylized texts within the messenger. Inspired by Instagram Stories and Snapchat, the function fell to the thanks of users and now totals 450 million active users per day, more than the 300 million of Instagram stories.
By default, the content published by the tool is available to anyone between contacts, being possible to view for 24 hours. Learn how to change your privacy settings.
WhatsApp Status allows you to publish photos, videos and GIFs within the application Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire
TechTudo also recalled some features of ICQ, a chat service that was successful in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and which are still used today on WhatsApp. Launched in 1996 only for Windows, the program brought some features still present in the fans' memory, such as the sound of toc toc toc, when a contact was online, or oh oh, when receiving messages.
TechTudo compared nostalgic features of ICQ with WhatsApp tools Photo: Reproduo / Messenger.es
For another month, WhatsApp users suffered from app fraud. Altogether, there were two coup attempts, which reached around 40 thousand people by promising a kit from Boticrio for Valentine's Day, and another, with 116 victims, offering a false alternative to check the balance and facilitate the withdrawal of the PIS- Pasep.
To avoid problems with scams on WhatsApp, check out the definitive guide to avoid scams on the messenger.
Supposed fraud offered the possibility to check the balance to be received by PIS Photo: Divulgao / DFNDR Lab
4. Video conference in groups
The possibility of making video and audio calls in groups is being tested on WhatsApp for Android. Announced during the F8 conference, the feature is present in the Beta version (2.18.193) of the application still in the experimental stage, with some instabilities. Find out how the new tool works through our tutorial.
Group audio and video calls on WhatsApp Beta still show instabilities Photo: Helito Bijora / TechTudo
5. WhatsApp Business offline
Like Instagram, WhatsApp Business faced instabilities. The problem in the corporate edition of the app was reported by several users, who stated the total inability to use the app. According to the messenger, the problem was known among developers. More than 800 complaints were registered on the Outage Report website.
Pane left WhatsApp Business offline in June Photo: Raquel Freire / TechTudo
6. End of support for iPhone 4
In 2020, WhatsApp will no longer support iOS 7 users. As a result, users of the iPhone 4, released by Apple in 2010, will no longer be able to update the messenger, which can mean a malfunction and even the total crash of the application. .
The change also affects Android smartphones that are below version 2.3.7. The recommendation, to maintain the use of the messenger, is to migrate to newer devices.
Launched in 2010, iPhone 4 lost support for WhatsApp in 2020 Photo: TechTudo / Isadora Daz
7. Control of time spent in the app
Decreasing the time spent on the smartphone has been a concern for Apple and Google. However, while new tools like the Dashboard and iOS 12 activity tracking do not arrive, TechTudo showed how to reduce the time spent on WhatsApp with QualityTime, an Android application that allows you to limit the use of the app.
Tutorial shows how to use the QualityTime app to control the time spent on WhatsApp Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo
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