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According to a Tech Crunch article, Zuckerberg's vision for was as follows: "The idea, he said, is to develop a group of basic internet services that would be free of charge to use – 'a 911 for the internet.' These could be a social networking service like Facebook, a messaging service, maybe search and other things like weather.
Providing a bundle of these free of charge to users will work like a gateway drug of sorts – users who may be able to afford data services and phones these days just don’t see the point of why they would pay for those data services.
On February 26, 2016, Whats App announced they would cease support for Black Berry (including Black Berry 10), Series 40 and Symbian S60, as well as older versions of Android (2.2), Windows Phone (7.0) and i OS (6), by the end of 2016.
Whats App was officially made available for PCs through a web client, under the name Whats App Web, in late January 2015 through an announcement made by Koum on his Facebook page: "Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device—this means all of your messages still live on your phone".
consumer users to provide a standard cellular mobile number.
Originally users could only communicate with other users individually or in groups of individual users, but in September 2017 Whats App announced a forthcoming business platform which will enable companies to provide customer service to users at scale. in September 2007, the duo traveled to South America to take a break from work.
Whats App was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo! In January 2009, after purchasing an i Phone and realizing the potential of the app industry on the App Store, Koum started visiting his friend Alex Fishman in West San Jose where the three would discuss "...
Whats App introduces a feature named Read Receipts, which alerts senders when their messages are read by recipients.
On May 18, 2017, it was reported that the European Commission was fining Facebook €110 million for "misleading" it during the 2014 takeover of Whats App.
The Commission alleged that in 2014, when Facebook acquired the messaging app, it "falsely claimed it was technically impossible to automatically combine user information from Facebook and Whats App." However, in the summer of 2016 Whats App had begun sharing user information with its parent company, allowing information such as phone numbers to be used for targeted Facebook advertisements.
The oldest device capable of running Whats App is the Symbian-based Nokia N95 released in March 2007.
In August 2014, Whats App released an update to its Android app, adding support for Android Wear smartwatches.
Koum then hired a friend who lived in Los Angeles, Chris Peiffer, to develop the Black Berry version, which arrived two months later.