A few days back, Ads-free instant messaging app Whatsapp has taken an unexpected turn by removing it’s fee of $0.99 per year and making it a free service. Now the latest leaks suggest some major changes to come in the near future. Though the service is free for the lifetime, we also feel happy that there will be no Ads but the question arises here is that how Facebook monetizes the app after purchasing it for $19 billion.
While the company mentioned that they are looking for the alternatives, the company is also keen to provide Business related feature under ‘Whatsapp for Business.’ We at Phoneradar had earlier reported about the video calling feature that is expected to introduce on this popular instant messaging service in the coming days. The Beta testers on iPhone have received this new feature with version 126.96.36.199.
Now there are some other leaks suggesting the ‘End-to-End’ encryption feature will also be bundled in the coming updates. Unlike the Video Calls option, the encryption settings are found the Android Beta app of version 2.12.413. With this feature enabled on both senders and receivers app, all the calls and chats will be 100% encrypted. Though the chats and calls are already encrypted on Whatsapp by default, this new feature makes sure that there is an indicator visible, which not many users care about.
The Beta Whatsapp app (version 2.12.411) shows the settings to enable the user account information Facebook for improving the overall experience for the user. While not all the users have been able to see this new setting, the apk strings of the app in the German language shows the same information as in the screenshots which make us believe the screenshots to be original.
With the increasing competition from Asian counterparts like WeChat & Link, WhatsApp will soon see some major changeovers. The VoIP calls had been a hit among the WhatsApp users after its first introduction in early last year. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days where we expect to see the video calls and privacy first features.