WhatsApp Messenger is a proprietary cross-platform, encrypted, instant messaging client for smartphones. It uses the Internet to send text messages, documents, images, video, user location and audio messages to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers.
As of February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of one billion, making it the most popular messaging application.
WhatsApp Inc., was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo!. After Koum and Acton left Yahoo! in September 2007, the duo traveled to South America as a break from work. At one point they applied for jobs at Facebook but were rejected. For the rest of the following years Koum relied on his $400,000 savings from Yahoo!. In January 2009, after purchasing an iPhone and realizing that the seven-month-old App Store was about to spawn a whole new industry of apps, he started visiting his friend Alex Fishman in West San Jose where the three would discuss "…having statuses next to individual names of the people," but this was not possible without an iPhone developer, so Fishman introduced Koum to Igor Solomennikov, a developer in Russia that he had found on RentACoder.com. Koum almost immediately chose the name "WhatsApp" because it sounded like "what's up", and a week later on his birthday, on February 24, 2009, he incorporated WhatsApp Inc. in California. However, early WhatsApp kept crashing or getting stuck and at a particular point, Koum felt like giving up and looking for a new job, upon which Acton encouraged him to wait for a "few more months".
About the new Feature
WhatsApp messenger is the most popular and fastest growing Instant Messaging App for Smartphones. It was originally developed by WhatsApp Inc., but later taken over by Facebook. WhatsApp has a new feature that lets you quote someone’s text and reply to it. The feature works on both private chat and groups.
TO use it, all you need to do is select a message to quote either text or media. then long press it. A pop-up with options to reply, forward and delete will appear. Just select reply and type in your message before pressing send.
On sending your reply, it will show up inside the conversation with the original quoted message for reference. Also, it will colour coded to match the sender’s handle.
Besides this feature, the messaging app is also expected to add support for GIFs and documents even from third-party apps like Google Drive and OneDrive.
The company is also rumoured to be working on video calling to add to the service.
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