Byat Wednesday, July 17, 2013
In these few years, internet based instant-messaging service have been catching a really unusual amount of attraction, mainly WhatsApp and Viber. Just a few months back, each of these services sported 200 Million users each! These apps save the hefty-SMS charges as using these services cost nothing, and all you have to do is to have an internet connection. Until now, WhatsApp used to be available for free for Android (for the first year) but using WhatsApp on iOS meant you had to pay a buck upfront to buy the popular multi-platform app. A new update has just hit the App Store that not only adds a couple of new features, but also knocks off that $1.
WhatsApp version 2.10.1 adds some little, but useful features that go a long way in improving the overall experience. For one thing, you can now backup your chats to iCloud in the case that if you ever lose your device, or restore it, then all your data can be restored when reinstalling WhatsApp. For manually backing up your data, simply go to the WhatsApp section in the Settings app, then navigate to Chat Settings > Chat Backup and tap on the "Back Up Now" button! Another new feature adds support for URL schemes allowing WhatsApp to be integrated even more tightly with other third-party apps.
Additionally, there is also a new multi-send UI in WhatsApp that allows you to send multiple photos at a time. Even without these features and that 99 cents price, WhatsApp was the 6th popular app in the App Store until now and perhaps knocking off that 1 buck might lure in plenty of new customers.
What do you think? Do you already have it and if not, then would you download it now that it is free?
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