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WhatsApp is Moving the Pawns Under the Mat | Video Calling Feature is Also Treated the Same

WhatsApp has 1 Billion month to month dynamic and highly active users and that is an immensely high number. This is majorly due to its simplified options and good download speed without the presence of lots of widgets. The users of the application were sitting tight for the video call since so long and they may, at last, get what they have been eagerly anticipating. At last the most popular chatting application is going to bolster its global presence by adding the video calls. This is said to be one of the biggest moves of WhatsApp to take the game away from social media applications and websites offering video calling facility.

 

WhatsApp is a standout social media application amongst the most well-known applications for customers which is purchased by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for $19 billion. From that point forward, there were numerous adjustments in the application. With a huge amount of clients utilizing the site every day, even the smallest change will undoubtedly be spotted effortlessly.

 

These days it is seen that another video call facility gradually appearing for a few clients. Accessibility is by all accounts aimlessly, as a few lucky customers can get to the feature even without overhauling it since they have the late beta versions of the WhatsApp.

 

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Despite the fact that the organization hasn't started promoting about this awesome feature yet, new beta variants of its Android application accompany the capacity to make video calls. On the off chance that both the WhatsApp users are on the most recent beta variant of WhatsApp for Windows then, both the users will get the Video Call and Voice Call choices when they press the dialer catch on upper right corner of the application.

 

Prior to this month a few of the Windows users had made it known to the world regarding the newly added video calling feature in the WhatsApp. Even pure Android users and iOS users should not worry as the sixth sense of marketer can easily say that this feature will come to these devices sooner than later without any doubt.

 

For making a video call, one will need to tap the dialer symbol and after that, get a choice to either make a WhatsApp video call or voice call. It ought to be noticed that this element will work just when the guest and the beneficiary both are part of the Android beta testing program by having the latest Beta version.

 

WhatsApp presented video call include however shouldn't something be said about iOS? WhatsApp hasn't overlooked its iPhone customers. There is no word precisely on when the component will come to iPhones. It additionally appears as though WhatsApp is looking more towards Android. With this update, it is pretty much confirmed to consolidate its number one social media application status in the world without any bit of doubt.

 

There is no official word from the WhatsApp has been issued yet with respect to this hot new feature there's still no distinct time span for ‘when all Android gadgets will get this most awaited feature’ question.

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Everything About WhatsApp Sharing Data to Facebook

Since the day WhatsApp introduced the end-to-end security encryption to the messages, the respect over this messenger has increased among people and they even protested against governments that wanted to channel all the messages under their watch for security purposes.

 

Privacy is a big thing than the system and the government here. Facebook, after acquiring the world’s largely used messenger (WhatsApp), have brought significant changes like the blue ticks, end-to-end security, document sharing and revised the number of people limitations for groups.

 

Recently, WhatsApp made changes to their terms and conditions that share the chats and phone numbers to Facebook for improving your Facebook ads and product experiences.

 

What’s wrong? Why would WhatsApp share data?

WhatsApp chats and your phone number are the private data. The main aim of end-to-end encryption is to provide that privacy to people and their conversations. If that private data is shared to improvise the marketing strategies of super node Facebook, privacy should be compromised internally.

 

WhatsApp is no more an individual company. Facebook acquired WhatsApp and now it is a child company. Facebook has authority to take any decisions about the WhatsApp now.

 

However, the private chats and phone number would not be shared to anyone outside the corporation. The data is not sold or leaked to any other company or organization. It will be kept secured encrypted within the WhatsApp and Facebook servers only.

 

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You would see this option on your screen when opening WhatsApp. It says,

 

Share WhatsApp account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and product experiences. Your chats and phone number will not be shared onto Facebook regardless of this setting.”

 

This means, unless you opt-in this option, WhatsApp will not share its data to the Facebook for better marketing. It also means that they would be sharing your phone number to the brands. If supposedly not shared with brands, the phone numbers might be used to notify you about their advertised products.

 

Didn’t understand? Let’s talk about some examples

Example 1: Let us suppose that you are chatting (WhatsApp) with your friend about the wedding shopping. The chats will be shared onto Facebook and analyzed. The analyzed data will be matched with their advertisers' demand by their marketing team. Then you would be shown the sponsored posts on Facebook newsfeed related to the products specifically that you were talking about with your friend.

 

Let’s consider that you were talking about the wedding jewelry. When you log in to Facebook and scroll through the newsfeed, you will be shown the ads for wedding jewelry. 

 

You will also be getting SMSs related to the jewelry products from Facebook about their advertisers.

 

Example 2: If you are searching for best smartphones under some budget say $200. You will be shown the sponsored posts on the Facebook newsfeed with all the smartphone phone ads.

 

This happens generally because of the safe cookies and the search analysis of your queries on Facebook. This sort of usage stats are being gathered without our notice or as the part of terms & conditions.

 

This is not new to us. They are just expanding the reach

This marketing strategy is not new to us. Even search engines do the same through the safe cookies. Facebook also does the same by taking the information from these cookies.

 

Remember, you would realize Facebook showing relevant ads in the newsfeed. Never mind if you don’t. I will give you an example screenshot.

 

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Pic: The above screenshot is from Facebook

 

The Titan company page admin might have bought ads focusing the keyword for watches. I was watching for the watches a day ago and this comes up on my newsfeed. The purpose of the WhatsApp sharing the data Facebook relates closely to this.

 

How does sharing  WhatsApp chats data and phone number help them?

It’s simple. Collecting more data will increase the productivity by increasing the advertiser’s target accuracy and in turn earns good ROI.

 

For example, if you and your friend are talking about a new pair of shoes for the next week’s bday party and you don’t do much Facebooking. When you login for one in thousand reasons that day itself, you won’t be shown the sponsored posts of relevant products and ads. It won’t help you as well as Facebook as you won’t be interacting to them. 

 

#Take a minute to understand the logic. I’ve all the time in the world.

 

To tackle such situations, Facebook takes the data of your chats and brings up the relevant ads on the newsfeed (like as that Titan sponsored post that I shared above).

 

Should you stop sharing data to Facebook?

Are you interested in getting relevant ads for your chats?

 

If you answer ‘Yes’ to this question, you should opt-in to share your data. If it’s a ‘No’, just opt-out.

 

There is a possibility that Facebook might bring textual sponsored messages intruding into your chats in the middle of something like the online dating apps do suggesting the premium membership while chatting.

 

WhatsApp had promised that it will not introduce the ads in the form of banners. That is not everything. The creativeness of advertising and marketing may take any forms. It may take the words that you type (keywords I mean) and turn it into hyperlink pointing to the advertiser’s link Hike do it for inserting emoji’s and stickers.

 

So, it’s all about your priorities. The privacy may be compromised but not the security.

 

How to block WhatsApp from sharing data to Facebook?

The sharing of data is not a knife on the neck. You can opt-out from sharing your chats and your phone number. There are two ways to do this.

 

Method 1: You can opt-out by unchecking the checkbox when it shows on the screen about their new terms & privacy policy. It would something look like this,

 

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After unchecking it, just click on Agree to continue using WhatsApp as usual.

 

Why would you need to click agree even after unchecking? Is it a trick?

No. Not at all. Whether you agree to share your data or not, you have to agree to the terms and policy updates of the product in order to use WhatsApp. This would be common to any application.

 

Method 2: Go to Settings > Account > Uncheck the option ‘Share my WhatsApp account information to Facebook..”

 

Just a second

I hope this long post has helped you understand the corporate operations behind the companies. Opting in or out is still your own decision.

 

Share this to your social media timelines to help your friends also understand this. I would consider that your thankfulness for my efforts I put here in this article.

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Do Not Download WhatsApp Desktop Application

When WhatsApp announced the desktop application, I thought it would not be a mirror application like as WhatsApp Web. Unfortunately, the desktop application is found to be an application of WhatsApp Web.

WhatsApp Desktop have no special features to look into and is nothing to be talked about. It needs the WhatsApp on phone to be connected to the internet and kept on sync.

Why you should not download WhatsApp Desktop?

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There is a reason for every statement of mine here. If an application which needed to be installed on the computer but have no special features than the web version, what’s the point of downloading and installing it on the disk?

It won’t take much resources..c’mon

Yes, it won’t take much system resources. After all, an average computer these days is not low configured. A simple application like WhatsApp Desktop might not affect the performance but, encouraging such applications would start a new chapter in the web application development with no actual benefits to the user.

Imagine once you having to install Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Hike, Vine, YouTube, Pinterest, X, Y and Z on the both sides (on computer as well on mobile phone). Your computer might handle them all but, can your mobile phone handle the resources as better as the laptop or desktop computer?

It’s also about smartphone’s life span

This isn’t a paradox to brainstorm. The logic is very simple. If you keep the phone synched for one or many applications that needs to run along with the computer, it uses most of the resources. Using a device with at most resources for longer periods may wear out the hardware including the battery quickly. Because, smartphone are made for moderate multitasking, gaming and computing purposes. They can never replace desktop ad laptop computers unless in future.

It still need a smartphone

People who are wanting to signup for WhatsApp might get disappointed with this application. As WhatsApp Desktop is made to mirror the conversations on the phone on to the desktop and vice-versa, it stills a smartphone with WhatsApp installed and connected to internet. Those who are using heavy ground simulator applications like Blue Stacks only for WhatsApp may have to continue using it for more longer.
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Good News: WhatsApp is Now Subscription FREE in India

Who doesn’t know about WhatsApp these days. The days have been much easier when this messaging app brought down the SMS costs almost to zero for many of the smartphone users.

 

WhatsApp is not actually a free service and it costs you $1 subscription for every every year. One need to pay $1 to use it for all the next year which is really a cheap subscription most of the Indians would not like to pay for.

 

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They simply uninstall the application and reinstall it to get a free one year startup subscription every time.  It seems like WhatsApp have compromised with the Indianistic usage of the app so made the app subscription free in the country.

 

That means WhatsApp is now free to download and use for any number of years without any penny subscription renewal free.

 

The latest announcement of stopping of Skype voice calls on mobiles in India have sparked a hope in mobile app companies and encouraged them to announce voice calling in their upcoming updates for their apps.

 

The reason why WhatsApp is popular is that it is ad free unlike other free versions of the chatting and messaging applications. If this subscription free market stunt introduces any kind of ads into the conversation, it is the day WhatsApp paves the way for its own death.

 

May this be the time for telecom companies come down with their over hiked tariff plans of low validity times or else they’ll have to keep begging the Indian government to block certain kind of apps in India. Skype too got the toll and people can’t tolerate any further blockages. After all, country means people not companies, Isn’t it right?

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How to Leave Chat Groups in WhatsApp on Nokia Asha 502

WhatsApp allows anyone to add his/her friends in a chat group. You'll be getting unwanted message and conversation notifications that are irritating when in busy times. There is an option to mute the conversation but it doesn't throw you out of the mess.

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WhatsApp on devices like Nokia Asha 502 have no option to leave the group. Although, you can exit the group using a simple trick without disturbing your friends and other people in the group.
  1. Open WhatsApp on your handset
  2. Open the chat group you were added in.
  3. Tap and hold for a second. You will get a prompt asking your confirmation upon deleting and exit the group. Then tap Ok.
That’s it! you are now left the annoying chat group on WhatsApp.
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