WhatsApp Ditches Subscription Model, Now 100% Free

WhatsApp, the global messaging phenomenon, announced today that it will no longer charge subscription fees for use of its apps. That means WhatsApp will be 100% free going forward.

In the past, WhatsApp was free to most for the first year of service after sign-up. Once that year long period ended, you needed to pay a $0.99 annual subscription to keep the service going. That’s going away because many of WhatsApp’s users don’t have a credit card and the company is afraid that they’ll lose these users who can’t pay the $1 per year to keep it going.  (more…)

Report: Google Working on Messaging Service to Rival Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp

Reported by the Wall Street JournalGoogle is working on a brand new messaging service, one to rival Facebook Messenger, Skype, and WhatsApp. If true, it would appear Google is not completely satisfied with its Hangouts offering, but what would differentiate Mountain View’s newly rumored messaging service from the already existing Hangouts?

Stated by sources familiar with the matter, Google is looking incorporate its artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbot technology into it, allowing users to ask questions from within the app, receiving answers from the web. This reminds me heavily of AIM’s SmarterChild bot, which utilized AI-esque technology to return answers based on questions you would ask.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Do You Use WhatsApp?

Shortly after writing up news of WhatsApp’s new Material Design update and admitting that I’ve never used the app in my life because I live in the US, a number of our US readers chimed in to say that they actually prefer WhatsApp and that everyone they know uses it as well. The rest of the world also can’t fathom the idea that I’ve never used the app, yet run an Android site, and has lambasted me for it. It’s been fun! WhatsApp users sure love their WhatsApp.

So, that means we need to find out if WhatsApp really is making its way to our shores or not and if I need to start convincing every person I know to adopt it into their lives, even though I finally convinced most of them to use Hangouts after years of work.

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WhatsApp Gets Material Design Makeover

WhatsApp, an app that is huge around the globe, but not so much in the US, received a big update today with touches of Google’s Material Design. I wish I could tell you what’s new or how the app looks, but having never used the app in all my days covering Android, I have no idea. I don’t even have any contacts in my phone who use it, so I can’t even test it. In fact, I just sent messages to myself in order to at least capture some screenshots. It’s a lonely world. Just being honest.

Soooooo, WhatsApp! It got a big update today!

Edit:  A poll is now up! We want to know who is using WhatsApp.

In order to get the new stuff, you’ll have to install it directly from the WhatsApp site, which we have linked to below.  (more…)

Pushbullet Update Adds Quick Replying Via Computer to Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook, Other Services

Pushbullet issued an update this morning that brings even more phone-to-computer-back-to-phone-again integration, similarly to how their previously introduced SMS-reply function works. In the latest update, the Pushbullet team added direct replying via computer to your Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and Line messages. So now, when messages from those apps arrive on your phone, you can reply quickly through Pushbullet on your computer.  (more…)