Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion
BlackBerry Apps | 337 Comments Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion If you're a WhatsApp user, you may be interested in knowing that Facebook has now entered into agreements to purchase WhatsApp for a reported $16 billion. According to documents filed with SEC, the financial details will break down like this, $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth...

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May 11, 2015 WhatsApp rolls out small update through the BlackBerry Beta Zone
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WhatsApp rolls out small update through the BlackBerry Beta Zone

WhatsApp beta testers looking to get in on the latest release can now fire up the BlackBerry Beta Zone app where you should find v2.12.19.2 available for download. Unlike some of the previous beta releases, the changelog for this one is kept rather small and only highlights two changes in particular.

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May 06, 2015 WhatsApp beta updated to correct laggy performance with chat search
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WhatsApp beta updated to correct laggy performance

Living the beta tester life isn't always great as witnessed by some of the recent beta releases of WhatsApp, which many in the CrackBerry Forums members claim have had a few issues causing laggy performance and app hanging issues. The good thing though is that WhatsApp is incredibly fast at updating their betas and when issues arise, a new build is never far off and such is the case right now.

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Apr 24, 2015 WhatsApp Calling now officially available on BlackBerry 10 with v2.12.1.2 update
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WhatsApp Calling now officially available on BlackBerry 10 with v2.12.1.2 update

Although WhatsApp Calling has been available in WhatsApp beta releases for a few months now, the latest official release rolling through BlackBerry World officially brings the feature to all BlackBerry 10 WhatsApp users. Noted as v2.12.1.2, the latest update also covers several other bug fixes and improvements from previous beta releases such as search for individual messages, improved font scaling, custom ringtone selection and more.

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Apr 14, 2015 WhatsApp offering a new beta release in the BlackBerry Beta Zone
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WhatsApp offering a new beta release in the BlackBerry Beta Zone

The releases for WhatsApp keep coming. Following up on a rather massive update just a few days ago, another new version has now arrived in the BlackBerry Beta Zone and is readily available for download. This release managed to keep things small and isn't nearly as huge as the last update, but it includes some nice changes.

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Apr 08, 2015 WhatsApp beta updated once again with a large list of changes
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It's that time again. Another WhatsApp beta has arrived in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. As has become the norm, this release is jam packed with changes according to the changelog and covers everything from a few new features right down to the usual miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements.

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Mar 27, 2015 WhatsApp rolls out massive beta update through the BlackBerry Beta Zone
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The WhatsApp developers are at it again. If you're among those testing the WhatsApp beta releases, you're going to want to load up the BlackBerry Beta Zone app and grab the latest release. It has a massive changelog associated with it, so it's certainly going to need some testing.

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Mar 19, 2015 WhatsApp updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone with multiple bug fixes
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WhatsApp updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone with multiple bug fixes

It would seem as though beta testers for WhatsApp are really good at finding bugs. A new build, available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone right now, aims to squash several rather large bugs that have been found in the app. Everything from navigation issues on the Classic to some OS 10.3.1 specific bugs have been marked as fixed in this release, so if you've had some issues with the previous beta or even the BlackBerry World release, you just might want to give this build a go. Have a look at the full changes.

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Mar 11, 2015 WhatsApp Beta updated - Full-text chat search and font scaling improved
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WhatsApp Beta updated

Seems as though the WhatsApp developers are at it again. A new release is now appearing in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for those of you out there who don't mind some beta testing. According to the change log, this update focuses on two main concerns.

One being an enhanced full-text chat search feature that allows better search of message history. The other being font scaling improvements within WhatsApp, so the system display settings for font now match in-app settings. Of course, there are the usual 'miscellaneous fixes and updates' to round out the update as well.

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Feb 13, 2015 WhatsApp calling features slowly appearing for BlackBerry 10 users
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WhatsApp calling feature slowly appearing for BlackBerry 10 users

Are you a WhatsApp user who is currently running the beta release from the BlackBerry Beta Zone? If so, you might want to check the app to see if you have some new calling features enabled. Several WhatsApp users in the CrackBerry Forums have now reported the feature, which allows you to call other WhatsApp users through the app using data services, has now appeared randomly and have been testing it out.

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Jan 21, 2015 WhatsApp now has a Chrome web client
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About a month back, there were rumors that the Facebook-owned and very popular messenger service WhatsApp would soon be available on your computer via the web. Today, the folks at Whatsapp have pulled it off.

The new web client is an extension of the data from your phone, displayed in a Google Chrome page. It's simple to set up, and as long as your phone has a data connection you'll be able to send and receive messages via the Whatsapp service right from your PC.

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Dec 15, 2014 Whatsapp for the web reportedly in the works
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Whatsapp for the web reportedly in the works

Facebook-owned Whatsapp appears to be working on a web-based version. A number of strings were found in the Android version of the app that point to a web-based Whatsapp. However, since Whatsapp doesn't use accounts, and is instead tied to a phone number, there is the issue of authentication. It appears that Whatsapp on the web may solve this with QR codes.

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Nov 25, 2014 WhatsApp gets a small update in the BlackBerry Beta Zone with video fixes plus more
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If you're part of the BlackBerry Beta Zone project, where you can test out early versions of apps before they hit BlackBerry World, you may want to grab the latest WhatsApp edition if you're a user of the instant messaging client.

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Nov 11, 2014 WhatsApp updated in the Beta Zone - Improved location sharing, contact info screens and more!
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WhatsApp updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone

If you're a WhatsApp user and like helping out with the beta releases from the BlackBerry Beta Zone, a new version has now arrived. Coming up as v2.11.1016.2 the new release includes several bug fixes to help improve the overall app experience.

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Nov 06, 2014 WhatsApp to remain free in developing countries like India
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WhatsApp will continue to offer its service for free to users in developing countries like India. Vice-president for business development Neeraj Arora stated that low debit and credit card penetration was the main reason for not collecting the $1 annual fee the service charges users in North America and Europe.

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Nov 05, 2014 What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?
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What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?

Have you seen them? If you're on v2.11.967.2 then the chances are good you have and that has left many folks wondering exactly what they mean. As it turns out, they mean WhatsApp has finally enabled the ability to know whether or not your message was read after its been sent according to their updated FAQ section.

As we've mentioned in the past, WhatsApp has never had an indicator that showed whether or not your message was actually read when sent, unlike BBM, where the D represents that the message has been delivered to the phone while the R represents that the message has been read by the recipient, now though that has all changed for WhatsApp.

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Sep 29, 2014 WhatsApp brings further BlackBerry 10.3 compatibility with latest beta
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If you dig testing out beta apps, WhatsApp has a new one for you try out. Appearing in the BlackBerry Beta Zone right now is v2.11.930.2 of WhatsApp and while it's not a huge update, it brings a few bug fixes and improvements including some fixes for BlackBerry OS 10.3 users.

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Sep 26, 2014 MySmartPrice turns WhatsApp into a price comparison tool
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The price comparison website MySmartPrice is now enabling millions of consumers in India to check out better deals online, even when they have little connectivity. The web service will allow users to utilize WhatsApp, the massively popular cross-platform messenger, to make quick and speedy product price comparison searches.

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Jun 03, 2014 WhatsApp CEO mocks Apple for copying WhatsApp features in iOS 8; clearly forgets he systematically ripped off BBM feature by feature
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Having followed the mobile game for a longgggg time now, it's very clear that everybody copies everybody. Yes, some borrow more than others. And some do it quietly, while others get on stage and take credit for inventing features that have been around elsewhere for years.

Yesterday at Apple's WWDC conference, Tim Cook and his team got on stage and announced a bunch of new features in iOS 8. Some were innovative, while others clearly were "stolen". You can read our article here which sums up the new features in iOS 8 and highlights the ones that look BlackBerry 10 like.

Also joining in the fun of pointing out what Apple borrowed for iOS 8 was the recently-turned gabillionarie CEO of WhatsApp, Jan Koum. Following the event, Jan tweeted out on his personal account very flattering to see Apple "borrow" numerous WhatsApp features into iMessage in iOS 8 #innovation

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May 25, 2014 WhatsApp servers are down — it's not just you!
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It's not just you — WhatsApp servers are down!

WhatsApp, the incredibly popular instant messaging service recently purchased by Facebook for almost $20 bilion, is offline at the moment. So, yeah, it's not just you. It's the WhatsApp servers. There's no word yet on how long the outage will last, so let us know in the comments whether it's working for you yet, and if not, when it starts working again!

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May 23, 2014 Are you having WhatsApp issues since the last update? A fix is on the way
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It was only yesterday that we saw a welcome update for WhatsApp Messenger drop for BlackBerry 10 users. However, the word on the street it that some folk who are running OS versions below 10.2 may not now be able to open the application.

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May 22, 2014 WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 gets a fresh update
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While most of us CrackBerry readers will more than likely favor BBM over WhatsApp (and who can blame us) it's still an app that many of us use to stay in touch with our buddies on other platforms and today sees a new version of the app roll out for BlackBerry 10.

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Apr 08, 2014 WhatsApp pairs with German carrier e-Plus to launch new SIM deal
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The now Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp has unveiled a new SIM deal in Germany. This prepaid SIM provides consumers with unlimited access to WhatsApp on top of agreed data limits. It's a milestone since this is the first time the popular service has partnered with carriers to sell a SIM package. If you're a massive fan of WhatsApp and use it on a daily basis, you may wish to read on and keep your eyes open for a similar deal in your region, should one be made available.

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Mar 12, 2014 A dark theme plus more arrives with the latest WhatsApp update for BlackBerry 10
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Being BlackBerry users I think it's safe to say that many of us have ditched using WhatsApp since BBM went cross platform. If you are still a user you'll want to hit up BlackBerry World where you'll find version 2.11.414.2. 

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Feb 24, 2014 Whatsapp to introduce voice services in Q2 this year
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We've already had some good instant messaging news today - that BBM will be coming to Windows Phone and the Nokia X platform, but it looks like the IM war is now in full swing. 

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Feb 22, 2014 It's not just you, WhatsApp is currently down
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If you're a WhatsApp user and having some issues with sending and receiving messages, you're not alone. As confirmed by WhatsApp, they are experiencing server issues right now and are expected to be back up shortly. In the meantime, get your $19B and Facebook jokes out in the comments below. We'll update when it comes back to life.

Annnnd... service restored.

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Feb 21, 2014 Here’s one way BlackBerry could become a huge consumer brand again
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At the start of this millennium BlackBerry did something amazing. They mobilized email. At the time it was rare to see a holstered RIM 850 or RIM 950 handheld …because the people who owned them were addicts. They were always sending and reading email on their devices. Ultimately this addictive nature of the product is what inspired Kevin to start CrackBerry in the first place.  That was a long time ago.

But we all know what happened after the iPhone and Android hit the market. BlackBerry started losing customers. Die hard messaging fanatics still prefer BlackBerry, but too many people have decided that they prefer a huge app store. And until recently, BlackBerry was isolated to BlackBerry hardware.  But not anymore. Now that BBM has gone cross platform, a whole new crowd of users has been exposed to the brand again.

Cross platform BBM has been a nice starting point, but it’s not enough. With Facebook buying WhatsApp and adding 1 million new chat users per day, BBM as a consumer tool has already lost the war. BlackBerry needs to disrupt the market with another cool solution, not try to fight a way bigger giant.

I can think of one way to do this. It’s about bringing voice to every email user in the world. This would go way beyond the 80 million BBM users.

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