Welcome to another edition of AndroidBeat’s Daily Briefing where we highlight all the latest happenings in the Android world. Today, we talk about Google extending the security patch update timeline for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, new GPS chips coming to phones in 2018, and WhatsApp being banned in China.
AndroidBeat Daily Brief (Sep 26, 2017): Google Extends Security Patch Timeline for Nexus 5X/6P, WhatsApp Banned in China
After rolling out colored text status updates to Facebook in March, the social networking giant has now made the same feature available on WhatsApp as well. This means that you can now post text status updates on WhatsApp in any background and text color that you’d like.
WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messaging clients in the world today. If you have a friend or an acquaintance, the chances are that he/she probably uses this Facebook-owned IM service to communicate.
If a new leak is to be believed, WhatsApp is bringing support for YouTube video playback directly in the user’s conversation window. This basically allows users to watch a video without having to leave the app. In its current form, opening a YouTube URL redirects users to the standalone YouTube app on their mobile devices.
WhatsApp has become THE communication app in Asia and parts of Europe. With a user base of over a billion users, WhatsApp has now become the lifeline of many people. With many important chats and other data now residing in WhatsApp, many people are apprehensive of switching their Android devices as they do not want to lose their important chat data.
While Snapchat brought Stories to the world, Facebook seems remarkably focused on bringing its own Stories-inspired feature to its apps.
Earlier this week, WhatsApp officially announced that it is bringing video calling support for its messaging platform. The company is rolling out the updates to its official client for Android and iOS in stages to properly balance the load on its services. However, as it is usually the case, a spam message is now being spread on WhatsApp that provides users with the step to immediately enable video calling feature on their device.
As of today, you no longer need to jump through hoops or install the beta version to make WhatsApp video calls. In the latest update released yesterday, WhatsApp has finally released the video calling feature to all of its 1 billion+ users across Android, iOS and Windows Phone. On Android, you’ll need to be running Android 4.1 and above to be able to use the feature. Anyone you want to call must also have the latest WhatsApp update installed.
Late last month, WhatsApp started beta testing video calling feature on its Android client. More than two weeks later, the company has today officially announced that it is bringing video calling support to its client for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
The rollout of two-factor authentication for the popular messaging app, WhatsApp, has taken some time to arrive, but now it’s finally here.