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Whatsapp to end support for BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Phone

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If you are an avid WhatsApp user and using one of the older versions of BlackBerry, Windows Phone or Symbian, you are out of luck.

If you are still using a BlackBerry smartphone or clinging to an old Symbian-based Nokia phone, it’s high time you may want to consider switching to Android or iOS. Well, your favorite instant messaging application, WhatsApp, is going to end support for BlackBerry, Symbian and even Windows Phone 7.1.

WhatsApp announced it will be ending support for BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1 – by the end of 2016.

Why is WhatsApp doing this? The reason is very simple — most of the mobile users across the world have shifted to Android and iOS smartphones. WhatsApp elaborates the time it had launched the app in 2009, about 70 percent of smartphones then ran on BlackBerry and Nokia’s Symbian.

But as of now Google,Apple  and Microsoft account for 99.5 percent of sales, which back then had then mere 25 percent of the share. WhatsApp is now looking at the future, and wants to channelize its focus on the current and possible future mobile operating systems, and their updates.

“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” WhatsApp said on its website.

If you are using devices based on these operating systems, you can’t really do much than upgrade to the latest Android, iOS or the new Windows Mobile 10 operating systems.

While BlackBerry users can use the BBM, considering that it is a cross platform messaging platform right. But it is highly unlikely that all of your friends might be using the BlackBerry Messenger. Symbian users can either use apps such as Nimbuzz, which is available for almost all platforms. But these alternatives are unlikely to ensure WhatsApp-like instant messaging or have all contacts with same instant messaging application.

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Now Send WhatsApp, Viber messages using Google Now, here is how

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Last night, Google Now got a rather interesting update that lets users dictate and send messages via their favorite third-party messaging apps. In essence, you will be able to dictate a message and ask Google Now to send it via WhatsApp.

In addition to WhatsApp, users will be able to send messages via WeChat, Viber, Telegram, and NextPlus. Google says that initially this feature will only work with the aforementioned services and only support the English. It is however working on expanding support to other services and languages as well.

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To use this feature, you will need to use the “Ok Google” command. Before the update, saying “Ok Google, send a message to John” would send the message via the default SMS app. Now however you can specify, which app you want to use to send a message. So for example saying, “Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message to John,” will send a message via the right app.

This new feature comes after Google opened its virtual assistant to third party apps , back in January this year. Initially it only supported 40 third-party apps, including Later in April, Google expanded support to another 70 third-party apps, which again included10 Indian specific apps and services .

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DoT panel report recommends to regulate WhatsApp,Skype,Viber supports net neutrality

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released its final report on Net Neutrality after months of intense debate and discussions on the internet freedom over the past few months.

An internal panel of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has recommended domestic VoIP (voice over internet protocol) calls offered by WhatsApp, Skype and Viber be regulated, in line with voice calls offered by telecom operators. However, the committee has a “liberal approach” when it comes to international VoIP services and messaging apps. As per TRAI’s calculations voice calls offered by telecom companies are about 12.5 times more expensive than those through OTT services; in the case of messages, the difference is 16 times. For a one-minute phone call, a customer is charged about 50 paise, while a one-minute call made through the internet costs four paisa.

Where OTT services like WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger are concerned, the recommendations of the committee say that such application services should be actively encouraged and that regulatory norms are not required for messaging OTTs. The panel has opposed projects like Facebook’s Internet.org, which allow access to certain websites without mobile data charges, while suggesting that similar plans such as Airtel Zero be allowed with prior clearance from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI.

According to the report, the primary goals of public policy in the context of Net Neutrality should be directed towards achievement of developmental aims of the country by facilitating “Affordable Broadband”, “Quality Broadband” and “Universal Broadband” for its citizens. Together, the DoT panel’s report and Trai’s recommendations will decide the final norms on net neutrality. 

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WhatsApp Voice Calling Feature Now Available For Windows Phone

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Back in March, WhatApp started rolling out voice calling functionality to Android users. The company updated their iOS application next to bring the much awaited feature to the vast number of users of Apple’s hardware. Today, the company is finally bringing voice calling to WhatsApp users on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. 

Changelog:

WhatsApp Calling: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country.WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. Data charges may apply.You can now send audio files (available on Windows Phone 8.1+)Notifications for calls and chats are show separately on top left.

In typical fashion, users of Windows Phone devices are used to being left out of features so it is nice to see support for the platform. The delayed update also brings additional functionality in the form of the ability to send audio files. WhatsApp voice calling enables users to make free calls over WiFi or cellular data between WhatsApp users across platforms.

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