Which messaging app strikes your mind when somebody asks you to send last night party pictures or making a video call abroad or when you wish to text your friend for a quick reply? Definitely! It’s WhatsApp and you are among millions of users that simply reply on this simple yet entertaining messaging app for your daily chores. Since its introduction, WhatsApp has become the part and parcel of everyone’s life in all these years. It is the one stop solution to all your personal, commercial and professional needs.
Adding another feather to its cap, WhatsApp has successfully completed a decade and has celebrated its 10th anniversary. The company informed it’s users about the 10th anniversary celebrations through a tweet today. The app was developed by Jan Koum in 2009 and later owned by the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg in 2014. Whatsapp has celebrated 10 years with 1 billion active users worldwide, making it the most popular chat application. Earlier it was just an instant messaging app, however, in these 10 years, WhatsApp has brought several changes and has become the all in one app that offers services like instant messaging, audio-video calling, voice messages and exchange of files in minutes.
Whatsapp has a long 10-decade journey, let’s look at what changes it has brought in these years and what made it the most loved app.
2009: It was the launching year, and Whatsapp was launched for Android and iOS users. In the beginning, it was just an instant messaging app where it just supported sending and receiving of messages to one or more people. Later it supported the features of photo and video sharing by the end of the year.
2010: This year with the introduction of location sharing feature, WhatsApp made it easier for the people to share their current locations to assure their safety and presence to their loved ones.
2013: In this year, WhatsApp introduced another feature that allows us to create WhatsApp groups for almost anything and can share our views, messages, and information to a number of people together at once.
2014: The facebook is now purchased and owned by Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook and has hit 500 million users. This was the year when read receipts and blue ticks were introduced which was the most talk about feature of the year.
2015: The instant messaging-file sharing and the most entertaining app has now brought good news for desktop users by releasing WhatsApp web feature.
2016: WhatsApp started this year by raking 1 billion users and became the most trusted and most demanding app by introducing end-to-end encryption for all the messages or data shared to one another for a safer messaging experience. By the end of the year, it released a video calling feature.
2017: This year, the status feature was introduced which makes the app more interesting and entertaining for the users.
2018: It introduced WhatsApp business groups, group or video conference calling and WhatsApp stickers.
2019: WhatsApp is now 10 years old; let’s see what it brings new for us this year!
So after 10 years, myriad changes are brought in this messaging app. After the purchase by Facebook, the app becomes a good thing for users in many ways; the fee for using WhatsApp was exempted as earlier the company asked for $1 per year for the service. Moreover, the calling and safety features through encryption brought a great scope for users. Its use for both Android and iOS users introduced a unified messaging experience on both platforms that help the friends on both platforms to keep in touch that iMessage doesn’t allow.
With its 10 successful years of providing remarkable services to its users, with a great hike in the number of people using it, we hope for more entertainment that WhatsApp will bring in the coming years for its users.