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Major WhatsApp update: 2 billion users reached

Major WhatsApp update: 2 billion users reached

Today WhatsApp announced that "WhatsApp supports more than two billion users around the world." The company suggested that this high water mark was reached today - February 12, 2020, after reaching a similarly major mark in January of 2018. WhatsApp didn't say specifically that they had "monthly users" in this amount, but "supports" this amount as of today. It could be that this 2 billion mark is just total downloads of the app, or amount of users that've sent messages over the last year - but let's explore some other, more solid numbers while we get some confirmation from the WhatsApp crew.

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Signal encrypted messaging app starts testing emoji reactions

Signal encrypted messaging app starts testing emoji reactions

Encrypted messaging app Signal has announced a new feature that is currently being tested with beta users: emoji reactions. The new feature mirrors a similar reaction system offered by Facebook Messenger and a number of other major messaging platforms. As you'd expect, Signal users can leave a smile, angry face, or other reaction on individual messages.

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FedEx text message scam alert: Police issue release, FedEx responds

FedEx text message scam alert: Police issue release, FedEx responds

This week a new text message scam became enough of an issue that FedEx itself needed to send an alert to news stations. As police warnings began to appear on social networks like Twitter, early reports sparked interest from the team at FedEx that monitors shipping service abuse. This system resulted in the following warning.

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RCS activated for all Android phones in USA

RCS activated for all Android phones in USA

As of this week, the RCS chat protocol was activated for Android devices in the USA. This means that when you've got the official Google Messages app and the latest version of Carrier Services, you'll have a slightly more advanced version of SMS TXT messaging on your hands.

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WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp will stop working for some older devices in early 2020 in one of the biggest updates in the app's history. For affected older versions of operating systems affected, WhatsApp developers suggested the following: "Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time."

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Android Messages gets Verified SMS and spam protection to combat scams

Android Messages gets Verified SMS and spam protection to combat scams

Google is bolstering Android Messages with two important features today. The first is Verified SMS, which will help you make sure that text messages you're receiving from certain companies are legitimate. The second feature is spam protection, which will warn users of suspected spam and potentially keep them safe from phishing attempts.

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Signal encrypted messaging app on iOS now supports iPad

Signal encrypted messaging app on iOS now supports iPad

Popular encrypted messaging app Signal has finally added support for the iPad, enabling Apple device users to link their tablet to their account. Until now, users were only able to access their messages through their iPhone, a minor annoyance for those who enjoy multitasking on the larger slates. The update also brings integrated video trimming capabilities and more.

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RCS on Android can be enabled with a not so simple trick

RCS on Android can be enabled with a not so simple trick

iMessage is one of those things that Apple users have long lorded over their Android counterparts. Various alternatives on Android have popped up but none have really had any staying power. That could change with RCS or Rich Communication Services, especially now that the four major US carriers are promoting their own RCS-based system. Android users might not have to wait for all those pieces to fall in place and can enable RCS on their phones, provided they are willing to jump through some hoops to do it.

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Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile partner on cross-carrier messaging built on RCS

Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile partner on cross-carrier messaging built on RCS

While the big four carriers in the US typically spend their time bashing one another in press releases, today they've announced a new team up to work on cross-carrier messaging. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint revealed what's officially called the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) today, which they say will help "drive the next generation of messaging for consumers and businesses."

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WhatsApp messages may soon delete themselves

WhatsApp messages may soon delete themselves

When it comes to security and privacy, one of WhatsApp's main draws is its use of end-to-end encryption. It may not be long before WhatsApp is offering another feature to pull in the privacy-first crowd: self-destructing messages. As it turns out, the company is currently testing "disappearing messages" functionality that essentially allows users to put a timer on their messages with others.

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WhatsApp monetization is here

WhatsApp monetization is here

Evidence suggests WhatsApp is nearing an age in which advertisements and services with businesses will become a reality. Most WhatsApp users take advantage of the services offered by WhatsApp without paying any sort of dues whatsoever to its parent company Facebook. Income history and the impending launch of several WhatsApp brand-oriented services suggest that Facebook will change the way in which the chat app does business. Today we discuss why we're approaching some of the biggest changes in WhatsApp's decade of history.

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Google just gave Hangouts a temporary stay of execution

Google just gave Hangouts a temporary stay of execution

Earlier this year, Google confirmed what rumors had been saying for quite some time beforehand: Hangouts is on the way out, and in its place, new apps called Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet would rise. At the time, the shutdown was slated to begin in October, and at the start at least, Google said that the shutdown would only impact G Suite users.

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