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WhatsApp SHOCK: Huge update coming which will change the way you use chat app

Sunday 04/November/2018 - 10:34 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmad El-Assasy
WHATSAPP is working on a major update which could change the way you use the wildly popular chat app، according to "Express".


WhatsApp fans look set to see a huge change coming to the Facebook-owned Android and iOS app.

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular chat app، with over 1.5billion users each and every month.

And it hasn’t got to that position by resting on its laurels، with WhatsApp regularly introducing changes and new features.

In 2018 alone WhatsApp added features such as group video and voice calling، WhatsApp payments and stickers.

But it looks like WhatsApp has the biggest new feature it’s been working on this year still up its sleeve.

WhatsApp is believed to be working on a new security feature that will change the way you use the chat app.

As WABetaInfo reported، WhatsApp are working on ways to lock away your messages using Apple’s Touch ID or Face ID.

This is intended to make sure it’s definitely you that is trying to read your WhatsApp messages.

If WhatsApp can’t authenticate your ID using biometrics، then it will ask you to enter your device’s unlock code.

No data about face scans or fingerprints will be sent directly to WhatsApp - it will just let you access the chat app if those details tally up.

While Android isn’t mentioned specifically in the WABetaInfo report it’s likely that it will get the same treatment as its iOS counterparts.

The chat app news portal published screenshots of the new feature that can be activated in the WhatsApp settings.

They added that the feature is currently in the alpha stage، so depending on how testing goes a full release is still awhile off.

WABetaInfo said: “We don’t know when the feature will be publicly available for everyone، seen that this is still in an alpha stage.

“The feature works without issues but WhatsApp should improve the response time to the authentication، that are currently a bit slow.”

They added: “WhatsApp Business for iOS (that will be available in future) will support app authentication as well.

“Unfortunately we have no news about Android actually، but we will let you know if there is something in the next Android development related to app protection.

“Note that WhatsApp is really used to implement on Android any feature already developed on IOS، so let’s wait for it!”

In other WhatsApp news this week the chat app suffered an outage which left hundreds unable to access it.

Fans were left unable to access the hugely popular service with many saying they were seeing the message 'temporarily unavailable'.

Independent outage monitor Down Detector registered hundreds of reports of WhatsApp down from users around the world.

Some users who took to Twitter said the error message occurred when they tried to log into WhatsApp on a new phone.

One WhatsApp user tweeted: “I got my new phone today and it keeps saying "temporarily unavailable، try again in 5 minutes" I tried restarting my router and my phone still the same message.

“I deleted it off my old phone to see if that made a difference but nothing!”

While another posted: “I try for almost an hour to install WhatsApp on my phone but every time the app reports this message ‘WhatsApp is temporarily not available. Please try again in five minutes’.

“But even I try every 5 minutes، the app doesn't work at all.”

There was no word on what was causing the problems.

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