After adding voice support last year, the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp, in a new update, has added support to send and receive documents, starting with pdfs (Hat Tip: Binary Baba™ v3.0.1). The feature works on Android, iOS and the web version of WhatsApp. We tried out the new feature on an Android device by manually downloading the .apk from the Whatsapp website.
The latest update does not seem to show up in Google Play Store; note that other formats like .doc, .xls cannot be transferred for now. Moreover, WhatsApp has decided to remove the ‘video’ icon from the attach button, replacing it with the ‘document’ icon. Users can send video files by tapping on the ‘Gallery’ icon instead.
WhatsApp to end support for Blackberry, and other outdated OSes:
Recently, after WhatsApp crossed the 1 billion monthly active users (MAUs) mark, the messaging service said that it would end support for all BlackBerry devices, Nokia devices running Symbian S60 and its S40 series, Windows Phone 7.1, as well as Android devices running versions 2.1 & 2.2, by the end of this year.
Growth in India: According to Jan Koum, cofounder and CEO of WhatsApp, globally the service sent 42 billion messages, along with 1.6 billion photos and 250 million videos every day; WhatsApp also has 1 billion groups on it.
In September last year, WhatsApp said that it had 900 million MAUs, and that India was its largest market. In April, Koum claimed that it had hit more than 800 million MAUs, while in January last year, he said that its users were sending over 30 billion messages every day. In November 2014, WhatsApp claimed to have reached 70 million MAUs in India.
Facebook sharing, annual fee dropped: Whatsapp is also looking to introduce a new feature which will allow users to share Whatsapp account information on Facebook. The development came after screen shots from Android Developer Javier Santos, surfaced on Google+. Santos stated in his blog post that the messaging service might soon allow users to share their account info, in order to “improve Facebook experiences.” In the same month, Koum said that the messaging platform was planning to drop the service’s annual subscription fees. WhatsApp is free for the first year and charges an annual fee of Rs 53 for Indian users and about 99 cents globally.