WHATSAPP the most popular instant messenger in the world, following the latest announcement from Facebook Messenger.
WhatsApp could be about to lose its lead over rival new upcoming messaging apps.
The instant messenger the most popular on the planet, is quickly being caught by Facebook Messenger.
Messenger this week confirmed it has top counted 1.2 billion active users, making it one of the fasting growing communications tools ofall time.
Due to this substantial amount of growth since it last announced a usage milestone 1 billion milestone of active users back in July 2016.
Facebook Messenger is now the second most popular iOS app of all time.Just behind Facebook, the social network has confirmed.
WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook as well, purportedly boasts some 1.2 billion monthly active users as well.
However the messaging company has not published usage statistics for some time.
Messenger Vice President David Marcus published the latest figures around Messenger on Facebook.
He posted: "We now have over 1.2 billion people actively using Messenger every month. And I keep on hearing powerful stories about how our product is becoming a more important part of your daily lives.
"So from all of us here using Messenger, a heartfelt thank you to all of you for giving us a chance to build something good and more meaningful for you."
Anyone from you aged 13 and more than is able to sign-up for Messenger. It is now use to everyone with a phone number – even if you don’t have a Facebook account.
The news comes as a senior EU lawmaker revealed that a deal that would allow Facebook to siphon data from WhatsApp users for its social network was close to being agreed.
Facebook has been faced with months of wrangling, following the announcement that data would shared between the two apps.
The news was revealed by EU regulator Helen Dixon, who has been overseeing Facebook’s case.
Speaking to news agency Reuters, she said: "I think we are in agreement with the parties – WhatsApp and Facebook – that the quality of the information provided to users could have been clearer, could have been more transparent and could have been expressed in simpler terms.”
Ms Dixon, who is also Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, added that she hopes a final agreement will be reached this summer.
Facebook, which bought WhatsApp back in 2014, caused controversy last summer when it announced plans to use information from the app to influence the advertisements displayed on Facebook users' News Feed.
This included seeing the phone number associated with a WhatsApp account, enabling the California-based social network to link and track users’ profiles between the two services – helping the company gather more data for its advertisements.
Contact ability to send contact details to another Whatsapp contact
One area where Whatsapp really lets itself down is with design. It is functional but it does look dated and is in dire need of an extensive UI overhaul. Everything inside Whatsapp feels slightly cramped and looks a bit cheap and nasty, and that’s perfectly okay in the early days of an app, but Whatsapp has been around for years now and is bloody huge – a redesign is most definitely now required.
Image Search – use Bing to search for images online for sharing in chat
Self-destructing messages (in the testing phase anyway)
Facial Recognition “Photo Magic” that reminds you to send your friends pictures they're in
As it stands, Whatsapp is the more feature-rich IM client supporting video and the ability to send location updates to contacts.
Facebook Messenger is the equal opposite face to Whatsapp.It looks slick as hell with its blue color on white styling and intuitive user interface (UI). The User Interface itself is divided into four parts: like one is Recent messages (Clock Symbol),second is Groups (Heads Symbol), third is People (List Symbol) and last one is Settings (Cog Symbol).
Within People you have two options: All and Active functions. “All function” contains people using the Facebook Messenger application, while the Active function tab is reserved for people who are online but using the actual Facebook website chat client.
All blogs taken from: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/791432/WhatsApp-Web-Trouble-Numbers
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