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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 is a multi-platform messaging and voice-over-IP (VoIP) service, which allows users to send text messages and voice messages. Aside from being a voice and texts sharing app, WhatsApp enables you to make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other user-generated content.

WhatsApp is available to download from different platforms and app stores on mobile devices. However, WhatsApp developers test and rolls out new app updates as soon as it enters the testing pool and sends releases stable app versions once they are tested.

Below you can check all of the latest WhatsApp Stable and Beta app versions.

Download WhatsApp (Beta and Stable):

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Download from Google Play Store or WhatsApp website.

WhatsApp Features:

NO FEES: WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family, so you don’t have to pay for every message or call.* There are no subscription fees to use WhatsApp.

MULTIMEDIA: Send and receive photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.

FREE CALLS: Call your friends and family for free with WhatsApp Calling, even if they’re in another country.* WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. (Note: Data charges may apply. Contact your provider for details. Also, you can’t access 911 and other emergency service numbers through WhatsApp).

GROUP CHAT: Enjoy group chats with your contacts so you can easily stay in touch with your friends or family.

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WHATSAPP WEB: You can also send and receive WhatsApp messages right from your computer’s browser.

NO INTERNATIONAL CHARGES: There’s no extra charge to send WhatsApp messages internationally. Chat with your friends around the world and avoid international SMS charges.

SAY NO TO USERNAMES AND PINS: Why bother having to remember yet another username or PIN? WhatsApp works with your phone number, just like SMS, and integrates seamlessly with your phone’s existing address book.

ALWAYS LOGGED IN: With WhatsApp, you’re always logged in so you don’t miss messages. No more confusion about whether you’re logged in or logged out.

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QUICKLY CONNECT WITH YOUR CONTACTS: Your address book is used to quickly and easily connect you with your contacts who have WhatsApp so there’s no need to add hard-to-remember usernames.

OFFLINE MESSAGES: Even if you miss your notifications or turn off your phone, WhatsApp will save your recent messages until the next time you use the app.

AND MUCH MORE: Share your location, exchange contacts, set custom wallpapers and notification sounds, email chat history, broadcast messages to multiple contacts at once, and more.

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