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WhatsApp Messenger for Android review

As the app that Facebook recently bought for $19 billion, WhatsApp Messenger for Android justifies its worth by offering an almost free SMS service on mobile through an instantly accessible and appealing interface. This app makes chatting and video, image, and voice notes sharing on the go quick, effortless, and fun.

Pros

Awesome functionality: WhatsApp Messenger for Android enables you to share text messages with anyone on the globe so long as they use the app, without the need for usernames, passwords, or log-ins -- your phone number acts as your ID.

Inviting interface: Pretty, smooth, and accessible, the app'… Read more

WhatsApp CEO: We won't compromise your privacy for Facebook

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum reiterated in a blog post Monday that his hit messaging application will not bend to its soon-to-be overlords at Facebook. With the note, the messaging chief tried to assuage fears that his application would become lax in its approach to member privacy.

Last month, WhatsApp agreed to be acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in cash and stock. When the deal was announced, Koum promised the app's 465 million monthly active users that nothing would change. Some members, however, are understandably skeptical given Facebook's history of collecting and sharing member data with advertisers.

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WhatsApp calling spotted in the wild?

Answer the phone -- WhatsApp is calling.

Friday, screenshots purportedly depicting the widely popular messaging app's coming-soon voice-calling features made their way to the Web courtesy of the blog iPhoneItalia. The shots, seen above, reportedly depict a beta version of WhatsApp for iPhone with a new interface for making calls.

The images suggest that WhatsApp with VoIP is on its way sooner rather later. Just weeks ago, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum promised to give the messaging app's iPhone and Android users voice communication options. He said voice calling would be added in the second of quarter of this … Read more

Facebook's new 10-year plan? SMS -- aka WhatsApp

The next 10 years of Facebook won't look anything like the last 10 years, thanks in part to the landmark acquisition of mobile messaging sensation WhatsApp, a buy that will help the social network accomplish its ambitious strategy of reaching billions more people around the world.

Facebook said Wednesday that it will buy the app, which comes along with 450 million monthly active users, for $16 billion in cash and stock, and also award the startup's founders and employees with an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units (RSUs), which will take four years to vest once the … Read more

WhatsApp now chats up 400M people each month

WhatsApp announced Thursday that it now has more than 400 million people using its mobile messaging application every month. The startup has added 100 million new active users in the past four months, CEO Jan Koum wrote in a blog post.

"WhatsApp has just 50 employees, and most of us are engineers. We've arrived at this point without spending a dollar on targeted ads or big marketing campaigns," Koum touted.

The impressive milestone comes amid an all-out war in mobile messaging where upstarts like WhatsApp are going to head-to-head with social juggernauts like Facebook. With an audience … Read more

Antivirus homepages temporarily hacked by Palestinian activists

On Tuesday morning, popular antivirus vendors AVG and Avira, as well as instant messenger service WhatsApp, all had their respective homepages hijacked by a group of activist hackers. This group later revealed themselves to be the KDMS Team.

The KDMS Team posted the following message, along with a YouTube embed:

MISSION COMPLETED HACKED KDMS TEAM PLAESTINIAN HACKERS Hello World

We Are Here To Deliver Tow Messages

First one:

we want to tell you that there is a land called Palestine on the earth this land has been stolen by Zionist

do you know it ?

Palestinian people has the right to … Read more

WhatsApp passes 300M active users, adds voice messaging

Watch out for WhatsApp. The mobile messaging smash has grown to a captive audience of more than 300 million people, up from 250 million active users less than two months ago. The 4-year-old service is also expanding in function to include a new type of messaging.

"Today, we're proud to announce that WhatsApp has surpassed 300 million monthly active users worldwide, a milestone on the road to WhatsApp becoming the communication network of the 21st century," a company spokesperson told CNET.

"On this occasion, we are also excited to introduce Voice Messaging, a new feature that … Read more

WhatsApp to charge iPhone users annual subscription

iPhone owners who use WhatsApp for their instant messaging needs will now have to pay 99 cents a year for the privilege.

Following a new version of WhatsApp for iPhone released on Tuesday, the developer unveiled the new pricing scheme.

Previously, iPhone users made a one-time payment of 99 cents for WhatsApp with no annual charge. Folks on Android and other mobile platforms enjoyed free service for the first year and then had to pay 99 cents each year. Now, everyone is on the same page.

WhatsApp now has more than 250 million active users.

In a blog posted Wednesday, … Read more

Comparing BlackBerry Messenger with WhatsApp and Viber

At its BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, Fla., BlackBerry announced that it's finally bringing its BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM) to Android phones and iPhones this summer. The app allows you to send messages and photos using your Internet connection, rather than using your text allowance.

It'll be going up against messaging apps WhatsApp and Viber, both of which offer very similar services and are already available across iOS, Android, and other platforms. I've pitted all three against each other to see which should take pride of place on your phone.

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WhatsApp CEO: We're bigger than Twitter's 200M users

WhatsApp is bigger than Twitter, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum boasted today.

Koum, speaking at AllThingsD's mobile conference today, wouldn't talk about specific figures when it comes to usage, but he confirmed that the mobile messaging service topped Twitter's usage. Twitter declared in December that it had exceeded 200 million monthly users.

WhatsApp boasts an average of 8 billion inbound messages and 12 billion outbound messages a day, he said.

Koum also addressed the rumors that WhatsApp would be acquired, reiterating that the company wants to remain independent and doesn't really think about acquisition as an exit … Read more