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Whatsapp’s message forwarding limit of five chats rolling out globally

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Facebook-owned Whatsapp took action last year after groups in India used the service to spread rumors and misinformation, resulting in mob violence that killed at least 25 people. With more than 1.5 billion active users, misleading content on Whatsapp can spread like wildfire. So, the site started ratcheting up limitations on message forwarding. The stricter version of that restriction is rolling out globally starting today.

Last year, users around the world found they could only forward messages to 20 chats at a time.

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Whatsapp's message forwarding limit of five chats rolling out globally was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard v7.9 prepares new emoticons, adds many new languages, and more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The holidays (and CES) are over and the many of Google's app teams are back in the full swing of releasing updates. Gboard's latest version hit this morning few directly visible changes outside of minor wording and color changes. However, there are some interesting things that can be gleaned from wandering through a teardown of the apk.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Gboard v7.9 prepares new emoticons, adds many new languages, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Fixed] It’s not just you: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Oculus are down, with WhatsApp affected

Monday, November 12th, 2018

If your Facebook app hasn't been reloading or your messages haven't been sending, you're not alone. An outage has just hit Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Oculus, with WhatsApp's functionality affected as well. Instagram appears to be running fine.

We've received multiple reports that Facebook's products aren't working properly. Facebook, Messenger, Oculus, and WhatsApp sites refuse to load.

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[Update: Fixed] It's not just you: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Oculus are down, with WhatsApp affected was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp beta adds Unicode 11 emojis, private replies in groups

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Back when I was six years old, a teacher showed us the image of an animal and asked us what it was. Several students answered "hippopotamus," and I was left wide-eyed and speechless. I was not used to being one of those who didn't know something, so the feeling stuck with me and I started working harder to avoid being as clueless as I was that day. If that incident is still imprinted in my memory, you can imagine that the hippo holds a special place in my heart too.

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WhatsApp beta adds Unicode 11 emojis, private replies in groups was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp exec confirms the inevitable, says ads are coming to the app’s ‘Status’ section

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

After a year of rumors and the departure of both co-founders, WhatsApp is officially getting ads. Vice-president Chris Daniels confirmed to Outlook India today that the days of an ad-free platform are numbered: "We are going to be putting ads in 'Status.' That is going to be [the] primary monetisation mode for the company as well as an opportunity for businesses to reach people on WhatsApp."

The 'Status' section is WhatsApp's take on Instagram Stories, itself cribbed from Snapchat's core feature set.

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WhatsApp exec confirms the inevitable, says ads are coming to the app's 'Status' section was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp beta rolls out sticker packs

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Move over, emojis and GIFs, stickers are the next hot item every social app or keyboard must have. As if we didn't have enough ways to express ourselves in our messages, there's even more pressure now on finding the right visual to convey our current state among a sea of potential sticker packs. WhatsApp is the latest messenger to join the game with its own sticker implementation in a beta release.

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WhatsApp beta rolls out sticker packs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp lets you download linked GIFs before sending them

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Messaging apps are getting smarter and smarter, but there are several areas where WhatsApp's way of doing things perplexes me a little. For example, the app recently added the option to watch entire videos picture-in-picture inside a conversation, but when you send a link to an image (JPG, PNG, GIF, etc), it doesn't even try to load a preview before sending it. That might be changing though, as we're starting to see hints of WhatsApp offering to download linked GIFs before you send them.

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WhatsApp lets you download linked GIFs before sending them was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp Beta 2.18.301 brings picture-in-picture video playback for YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

WhatsApp is on one of its new-feature update rolls. In the past couple of weeks, the app has added Android Pie's native notification inline photo support, brought the swipe to reply gesture from iOS to Android, and today it's adding one more feature on our platform that our iOS friends have enjoyed for months: picture-in-picture video playback.

If you're on the latest WhatsApp Beta v2.18.301, you should notice that YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook videos look a little different in their preview box.

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WhatsApp Beta 2.18.301 brings picture-in-picture video playback for YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp Beta 2.18.300 adds swipe to reply gesture

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

iOS users have enjoyed a neat gesture in WhatsApp for a long time that us Android fans have been denied: a simple swipe to reply on any message. For the past few weeks, this feature has been rumored to be coming to Android and now it's finally live in the latest beta.

If you're using WhatsApp Beta 2.18.300, you'll simply have to swipe (or flick, really) any message to the right to trigger a reply.

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WhatsApp Beta 2.18.300 adds swipe to reply gesture was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp adds Android Pie’s native notification inline photos

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Like many other messaging services, WhatsApp has shown inline photos in notifications for a long time. But with the arrival of Android 9 Pie, Google changed how things are done and introduced a proper MessagingStyle notification style with support for inline pics and stickers. In the past couple of days, WhatsApp has implemented it in the beta channel.

Now, when you receive an image over WhatsApp on an Android 9 Pie device, the notification will expand and collapse to show the picture.

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WhatsApp adds Android Pie's native notification inline photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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