May was a busy month for WhatsApp users. Resources such as group video conferencing and stickers were announced during a congress promoted by Facebook in the United States. The messenger added protection for group name, description and photo, which can be modified only by the administrator.
Several problems marked the most used application in Brazil. A polemic squirrel emoji caused the program to crash on smartphones and scam attempts put data from thousands of users at risk. To top it off, we show you which features were present in the late MSN Messenger and which have not yet appeared in the chat app. Check the following lines.
WhatsApp: check summary with the highlights of May Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / dnetc
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Group video conference and stickers
WhatsApp announced the group video conference. Although he did not present many details during a congress in the United States, the demonstration had four people talking simultaneously.
In addition, the app announced the release of stickers, a highly anticipated novelty and present in rival Telegram. In addition to the figures offered by the creators of the program, users themselves will also be able to publish image packs. The funds have not yet been released publicly.
WhatsApp demonstrated stickers during the F8 congress Photo: Reproduo / Facebook
It is now possible to limit who can change a group's name, photo and description in WhatsApp Beta for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. In addition, it became more difficult to add members leaving groups again due to a block that prevents a participant from being added several times in a row.
WhatsApp allows you to restrict edits in groups Photo: Helito Bijora / dnetc
Mysterious messages with only one emoji caused a headache among Android phone users. One of them had the words "press on the squirrel". When touching at the beginning, the application or even the entire smartphone crashed. As we explained, the problem poses no risk to user safety: the part has to do with hundreds of characters hidden in the original text.
Squirrel emoji message caused WhatsApp crashes Photo: Bruno De Blasi / dnetc
Scams: Avengers, World Cup and truckers strike
As in other months, new scam attempts with malicious links took place in May. About 50 thousand Brazilians were attracted by a false promise of free tickets to see the movie "Avengers: Infinite War". The message invited the person to answer several questions and still required that the content be shared at least 30 times.
Following the same logic, the theme of the World Cup was also used for fraud, in one case it reached thousands of people in a few hours, while the truckers' strike reached 60,000 victims. To stay safe, check out the definitive guide to not fall for WhatsApp.
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Blocked contacts bug
During the month, users reported that they were receiving messages from blocked contacts. The app's creators acknowledged the problem, in response to dnetc, and said they were working on a fix for the bug.
Due to a failure, blocked contacts could again send messages Photo: Reproduo / dnetc
The iPhone finally gained a tool for the user to receive the report of data stored by WhatsApp. This way, it is possible to check what information the messenger keeps, even if the content of the messages is not saved in the file.
dnetc brought a tutorial that shows how to delete the file on Android smartphones.
Now it is possible to request the WhatsApp data report on the iPhone and Android Photo: Raquel Freire / dnetc
Integration with Instagram and Facebook
The application received the native display of videos from Instagram and Facebook in the iPhone version. The access facilitated the reproduction of content from the two social networks, since now it happens within the conversation itself, without having to leave the app.
WhatsApp also allows the native display of Facebook and Instagram videos without having to leave the app Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
WhatsApp vs MSN Messenger
In May, dnetc recalled some features that marked the height of MSN Messenger, such as the animations that took over the entire screen (Winks) and the "draw attention" feature. Years later, there are tools that are not yet present on WhatsApp. To kill the nostalgia, check out the special that we prepared about the messengers.
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