WhatsApp

Author:WhatsApp Inc.

Latest Version:WhatsApp 0.2.4240

Date added:2017-05-23

WhatsApp Messenger – Stay In Touch with Friends and Family no Matter Where You Are.

WhatsApp is a freeware, instant messaging program for smartphones. It uses a cross-platform system to provide end-to-end encrypted messages over the Internet. Users can make voice calls and one on one video calls. There is also the ability to send videos, share images and GIFs, distribute documents, show user location, plus share audio files.

Contacts can be shared between users. The application works using regular mobile phone numbers. There is a relatively new feature of WhatsApp called ‘Status’. It gives users the ability to upload photographs and videos to a live feed.

WhatsApp History

Two former Yahoo employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum began working on the app idea in 2009. Ironically, they both applied for jobs at Facebook, but neither was hired. On February 24, 2009, Koum incorporated the idea, calling it WhatsApp, because he liked the way it sounded like What’s Up. Over the next 4 years, the idea would expand, including the ability to send videos, ultimately one of the most alluring features of the app. The idea exploded, pushing the app to a top 20 ranking on Apple’s App Store.

After only four years of official operation, was estimated around 400 million active users and the company employed 50 people. Including all venture-generated capital, the business was estimated to be worth over a billion and half dollars. Adding nearly 25 million new users every month, the app caught the attention of social media giant Facebook. In February 2014, Facebook purchased the company for $19 billion, making it the largest venture-backed company purchase in history.

Messenger Features & Functions

  • WhatsApp Web is an extension that allows a user’s web browser to mirror communications from their phone on their web browser. It will work on all major desktop browsers, except Internet Explorer.
  • Since May 2016, users can sync their mobile device with any Windows or mac OS operating system.
  • App Time is a standard application that allows users to receive PC notifications in the Windows notification section.
  • The system uses the store and forward format. A message is sent, where it travels first to the App server. It is stored until the recipient acknowledges receipt of the message, and then the message is dropped from the database.
  • The app employs a version of the Extensible Messaging Presence Protocol (XMPP), which creates a unique user account with the phone number being the username.
  • It automatically extracts all contact information from the device and loads them into the  central database.
  • Users can make voice calls, and since November 2016, connect video calls using Android, iPhone and Windows phone devices.
  • Using the Open Whispers System, this provides end-to-end encryption of all messages.
  • In February 2017, the app had an estimated 1.2 billion users around the world.

 

Summary

The app allows users to ask what’s up to anyone in their contacts in real-time. It allows for the sending of voice, message, video and imagery across a number of formats, with communications encrypted for user privacy. It is an application with such a diverse number of features and functions; it may soon be the most prevailingly used apps across the sphere of social communication.

Screenshots

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Technical

Title WhatsApp

File namewhatsapp.exe

File size87 MB

Requirements

LanguagesMultiple Languages

LicenseFreeware

Date added2017-05-23

AuthorWhatsApp Inc.

Homepagehttps://www.whatsapp.com/

Previous Versions

WhatsApp 0.2.3699
WhatsApp 0.2.3572
WhatsApp 0.2.3120
WhatsApp 0.2.2732

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