WhatsApp has created a sensation with its arrival in the instant messaging world. It is a free messaging app that is available for Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows platforms. It provides a common platform for all its users to connect, chat and call for free. It runs on Internet 4G, 3G, 2G or Wi-Fi internet connection. It is not just a messaging app, but also a sharing app that is used to share photos, videos, documents, voice messages, etc. It is a free app and does not charge a pie on usage except for the data. Users can make free calls and talk any length of time for free. The quality of the call depends on the speed of the internet connection.
It allows the user to create groups and make group chats. The WhatsApp web option will allow the user to use WhatsApp on the PC with a simple code scanning. There are many other instant messaging apps with almost same features, but WhatsApp sat in the first place of the list with its ultimate features and offerings. Lately, WhatsApp video calling has been introduced as well, which will come into use shortly to all the users.
WhatsApp has got 800 million users world over. Every single day a new set of users join the WhatApp community. Unlike other messaging apps, WhatsApp does not ask the user to create an account to operate it. It just uses the contact number. There is no need to send any friends requests to add friends. All the contacts in the contact list that have WhatsApp will be automatically added to the WhatsApp contact list. WhatsApp uses end to end encryption to secure the messages from the third party. It is impossible to hack the WhatsApp account as it takes internal security measures.
WhatsApp only runs on contact numbers and tablets without SIM cards are out of the question. WhatsApp comes with many customizations and settings. When it comes to the User Interface of WhatsApp, it hasn’t been changed a bit since its debut. The group messages feature will allow the user to send a message simultaneously to 10 members. The Broadcast message feature of WhatsApp will allow the user to send the same message to different persons, which appears as if the user sent the message to the other end user directly. WhatsApp has lots of emoticons, but stickers are missing, which are way too popular on similar platforms like Facebook Messenger. Users can also send and share files, locations, and contact cards via WhatsApp.
Pros of WhatsApp
- The first and foremost feature that every instant messaging user looks up for is security. WhatsApp provides end to end encryption for the messages.
- The broadcast messaging and group messaging are highlights of this messaging app.
- The media attachments can be done easily.
- Free voice and video call for free.
Cons of WhatsApp
- No association with any other instant messaging apps.
- Only operates on a single device.
- UI is the same since the arrival of the app.
Though it comes with these many features, it still requires some impressive updates and features that are available in its competitor apps.