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Latest WhatsApp beta brings improvements to end-to-end encrypted chat backups

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WhatsApp, a popular Facebook-owned messaging service has been there in the news for the past couple of days due to its controversial terms and conditions. In these terms, it was alleged to compromise users’ privacy.

To improve the user’s experience and to provide them the privacy assurance, WhatsApp keeps on testing new features through its beta program which is runs on Google Play Store for Android users.

In one of the previous beta builds, the company has released a new feature called the end-to-end backup feature for Android aimed to bring more transparency to user’s privacy.

And now, according to WABetainfo, WhatsApp released the latest beta version 2.21.12.14 that brings improvements in the end-to-end backups. This feature was initially introduced with the beta version 2.21.10.2

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End-To-End Encrypted Backups

The end-to-end encrypted backups feature will protect your backups from unauthorized access while it is uploaded on Google Drive. Users can keep a password that won’t be shared with WhatsApp, Facebook, or Google, hence, complete privacy. The new beta version particularly shows how it will be implemented through your encryption key.

This feature will possibly have an encryption key that will only contain numeric digits and lower case letters between ‘a’ and ‘f’. This combination of encryption keys suggests that WhatsApp wants to use hex format.

This is WhatsApp’s another step towards improving the user’s privacy and protection of their crucial data. However, this feature is still under testing and currently there is no confirmation on its availability for the general users. We will let you know as soon as it comes into effect with the stable version, stay tuned!

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Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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WhatsApp to bring paid version with extra features

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WhatsApp has a lot of users around the globe. The app comes in two versions – the standard WhatsApp messaging platform and the WhatsApp Business version. However, it looks like the paid version of the WhatsApp Business app will come out soon with some extra features.

With WhatsApp Business users can separate their personal and work life easier. Some of the features like quick replies, WhatsApp payments, interactive business messages, automatic greeting messages, Facebook shops integration, etc. are free to the user. Moreover, the chit-chatting platform is likely to bring some more advancements to its users.

According to the information coming from the WABetainfo, WhatsApp will bring the subscription plan for businesses that is WhatsApp Premium. Now, users can take advantage of the advancements.

Prime users will get some extra benefits like a better way to reach customers and some improvements when linking new devices. To be mentioned, the Premium may not be released for the users who use the customer app.

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How to Join:

Head on to the Settings of WhatsApp, here if the new feature has arrived on your device then the new section will show up called “WhatsApp Premium”. Users can join the subscription plan by tapping WhatsApp Premium and paying the subscription fee.

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What’s new:

The advanced services could bring a custom business link: This is a unique short link that allows customers to view a landing business page. With this businesses can easily start a conversation. But, when you cancel your subscription it expires so that other businesses can claim it later.

The new services may also bring some improvements to multi-device collaboration. The paid users can join up to 10 devices which will make it easier for them to message their customers.

WhatsApp will soon roll out the paid version to the Android and iOS apps available on the Play Store and TestFlight. However, the latest feature will be available for only some of the beta testers. Whereas, the other users may have to wait for some time to grab the Premium version.

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(Source – WABetainfo)

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WhatsApp Android 2.22.22.5 changes privacy features

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WhatsApp, the most popular instant messaging app is currently working to bring some changes to the privacy section with the version number 2.22.22.5 beta for some Android users.

The app-oriented firm is continuously making efforts to improve its app and provide a better experience to its users. For this, it brings changes in its settings to make it more reliable to use.

A recent report by WABetaInfo suggests that the messaging platform is moving the privacy settings from the Account section to the root. It is doing it so that the users reach the privacy section easily.

What’s new:

As per the changes the privacy settings are now placed within the main WhatsApp settings. The main settings consist of Account, Chats, Notifications, Storage and data, App language, Help and Invite a friend option and now the firm has added Privacy below the Accounts so that users can access it with ease.

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WhatsApp privacy setting

Previously, users had to open the main settings of WhatsApp. From here they had to open the Account option to navigate through the Privacy section. But now the company has shifted privacy settings to the root.

Notably, users can identify the update with the new WhatsApp Android version number 2.22.22.5. But some users may also be able to get the same feature after installing the 2.22.22.4 beta build. Users can download the new update from the Google Play beta program.

Although, the changes are currently in the testing procedure and will take some time to roll out for all Android users.

Previous Update:

As per the last update, WhatsApp Android will shortly bring a screenshot blocking feature to all users. Currently, this feature is also rolling out for some beta testers only with the version build 2.22.22.3.

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With this new feature, the recipients will be prevented from taking screenshots of the view once images or videos.

(Source – WABetainfo)

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WhatsApp Android to bring new privacy features for ‘View Once’ images and videos

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WhatsApp announced that it’ll be rolling out new privacy features giving users more control over the kinds of information other people can see. Yes! WhatsApp for Android is bringing new privacy features for ‘View Once’ images and videos.

As you know, View Once photos and videos are media files that can only be viewed once by the recipient and are a great way to share information that you only wish to share for the time being.

However, sometimes it may concern you about who is taking the screenshot or screen record. But now, the upcoming update will bring the screenshot/screen recording detection feature. And the sender will get a notification when this happens.

According to WABetaInfo, the new update is appearing with version number 2.22.22.3. Notably, the new enhancements are limited to some beta testers only. Although, other WhatsApp users have to wait for some time to grasp the update as it is in the testing procedure at present.

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Previously, any users who see your view once images and videos can screen record or take a screenshot of that image. But it seems like the online chit-chatting platform is working on the screenshot blocking for view once images and videos.

What’s New:

As you can see in the below image the user could not take a screenshot to view one image. Even so, if somebody tries to break the privacy policy then the toast will pop up that shows the user ‘can’t take screenshots due to security policies.

WhatsApp Screenshot Blocking feature screenshot

Even then other people try to use some third-party applications to screengrab your images then the images will turn to black so as to prevent these creepy people to take screenshots.

The inbuilt detection feature is already available in some other apps. The new privacy features for Android users of Whatsapp are still in their early phases. Maybe the company will bring some more improvements with the stable rollout.

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Although, the beta testers can install the upgrade from the Google Play Store and take advantage of the new enhancements before the stable version.

(Source – WABetainfo)

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