WhatsApp, the messenger application owned by Facebook and relied upon by over 900 million users for communication purposes every month may be on the verge of a huge update. According to screenshots posted on several platforms online, those changes could be controversial and very useful at the same.
Support for Document Sharing
One of the strengths of WhatsApp’s competitors like Telegram has been the ability to share other types of files beyond multimedia files (photos and videos). GIFs, PDFs, Word documents etc. While WhatsApp users should not expect everything to change overnight, they may be getting one more wish granted: WhatsApp may soon start allowing users to share documents. At the moment, navigating to the Media folder when you browse the app’s folder, you can clearly see WhatsApp documents.
Share Your WhatsApp Data with Facebook?
Another expected feature with the update may be the inclusion of an option to let users allow Facebook to collect data in order to improve their experience on the application. This is not something new since most apps already ask to collect anonymous user data that can be used to make the experience better. Google does it on Chrome mobile, Microsoft is doing it (even without asking you) on Windows 10 and so on. Since Facebook has sparked a debate on user privacy before, this could go either way.
WhatsApp recently dropped its subscription fees and this may be one way its parent company gathers user data that it will use to engage businesses and organizations it is targeting as part of its plans to monetize the service without having users pay for it.
— Carsten Knobloch (@caschy) January 20, 2016
WhatsApp users may also get a feature that immediately reminds us of Telegram: the ability to send encrypted messages that require verification by the recipient.
This information is not verified and may as well turn out to be wishful thinking so take it with a pinch of salt. However, if true, it will be interesting to see how it unfolds.