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The Different Versions of WhatsApp

WhatsApp! That is the app that has gotten the world into chat mode. These days, keeping in touch with your guys from work, school, home and all over the world has been made quick, efficient and fun. Acquired by Facebook, the app has gained the attention of people all over the world. The app has been designed in a sleek, effortless design that makes keeping in touch a breeze.

No matter where you are in the world, at least you and/or a couple of friends have WhatsApp in one version or another. How many versions of WhatsApp do we have? Well, currently, we have two versions for android and iOS, and one for desktops seems to be in development according to recent reports by Android World. [Link at the end]

The first, which happens to be the original version, was developed by the initial team which was then acquired. It features text, image as well as video and audio messaging which is all accessible in an interface designed for efficiency. End-to-end encryption is firmly in place to ensure that no one is able to snoop into your private messages; including WhatsApp. It also features some handy (or not so handy, depending on the situation) Last Seen and Date Last Seen features which seems to be the deal breaker for most WhatsApp Plus users.

There are a number of features which are missing from the original WhatsApp that are available in WhatsApp Plus.

You can change the icon of the application on your home and menu screens, change the color of different parts of the app giving it your own color scheme.

You can remix and rematch colors as you like in order to create your own personal, unique theme of the app. WhatsApp Plus adds to the experience in more ways than just looks. It also features some unique features such as hiding your last seen status and freezing the display date you were last seen.

Saving the best for last, there has been some information going around that the code of the app some versions ago had some pointers to the development of a web based version of WhatsApp which would act as the client version for WhatsApp PC.

There was even a domain for the web portal at http//web.whatsapp.com/ but that just redirects to the usual Google Accounts Chooser page. However, there has not been any confirmation yet as to why the possible web version would have Google authorization instead of Facebook as the latter acquired the start-up on February 19, 2014.

The source code pointers to the web version of the app were removed in a later version of the official WhatsApp but the link to the web domain still redirects to the Google Authorization page leaving even more questions than we started with.

Here is a link to a blog post on WhatsApp when it was acquired by Facebook: http://blog.whatsapp.com/529/Setting-the-record-straight

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