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.

Let us know, are you using WhatsApp?

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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…)

Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp for $16 Billion

Facebook announced this afternoon that it has reached agreement to acquire WhatsApp, the incredibly popular multi-platform mobile messaging service. Oh, you want to know how much the deal is for? How does $16 billion sound? The breakdown makes that $4 billion in cash plus approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares.

According to the press release, WhatsApp will continue to operate independently and “retain its brand,” while the move will help to accelerate “Facebook’s ability to bring connectivity and utility to the world.”

For those new to WhatsApp, understand that the messaging platform has over 450 million users each month with 70% active on any given day, which also means they are “approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume.” The numbers are impressive for sure, but are they $16 billion impressive? Facebook certainly thinks so.

And that’s that. We’ll jump on the conference all at 3PM Pacific and update should there be other news. (more…)

Disa Messenger App Hit With Cease & Desist from WhatsApp, Forced to Remodel Their App Strategy Going Forward

Disa

I’ve been using Disa as an SMS replacement application ever since we first wrote it up a few weeks back. The app is in early alpha stages so far and has come a long way in just a few weeks, but today’s news might throw a wrench in that progress. Disa is a unified messaging service that can thread conversations together from different services. But so far, WhatsApp is the only service besides SMS that they support. Apparentl,y WhatsApp isn’t too happy about that. (more…)