WhatsApp users will be able to hold group video conferences and use stickers in chats. The announcement was made during F8, a conference for developers promoted by Facebook. Updates are expected to arrive in the next few months to the application, which performs more than 2 billion minutes of video and audio calls every day.
The event also marks the departure of the messenger co-founder, Jan Koun, and confirmation that the Business version of the app will remain free, contrary to the expectations of the time of its launch.
News for WhatsApp were announced at a conference Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudo
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Imam did not give many details about how to be the group video conversation, but an image displayed in the presentation showed the participation of four people simultaneously. It is likely that the number of participants will be higher recently, Snapchat announced a similar tool with support for up to 16 people at the same time.
The arrival of the stickers is expected a long time ago. The feature is already present in other messaging programs, such as Messenger and rival Telegram. The application will allow third parties to make their own image package available, as a way to keep the option gallery even richer.
Stickers will arrive on WhatsApp in the coming months Photo: Reproduo / The Verge
The director of WhatsApp also said that the version of the program aimed at business will remain free. The program already counts with the participation of more than 3 million companies, and it is possible that the big brands are charged for additional advantages, which would help them to reach more consumers and, consequently, to earn more money.
WhatsApp co-founder leaves Facebook
In addition to being the stage for the dissemination of news for WhatsApp, the F8 marked the departure of Jan Koum, cofounder and CEO of the messenger, from Facebook. Koum posted a note on his personal account on the social network confirming the news, but without making clear the reasons. It's been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it's been an incredible journey with some of the best people. But time to move on, he declared.
Almost four years ago, the chat app was acquired by the company of Mark Zuckerberg. It is speculated that disagreements about how to monetize WhatsApp and the concern with preserving user data may have been some of the reasons for the exit.
According to Washington Post, Facebook was interested in charging the annuity to get money from the app, while its founders preferred to maintain the traditional advertising model. Also according to the newspaper, Koum believed that, in order to fulfill the social network's wishes to make the app's tools more functional, it would be necessary to weaken the message encryption system.
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