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WhatsApp Blue Ticks Troubling You? It’s Time to Know What They Really Mean



WhatsApp, a popular instant messaging app that is rumored to soon be releasing its voice calling feature, is at it with a new feature for its users.
This time, WhatsApp has rolled out a “Read Receipt” feature which enables users know when their friend has received and read actually read a message.
Updates Available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone
The new WhatsApp feature includes two blue ticks situated next to the sent message. These are meant to indicate that the message has been seen by the recipient.
The recent update for WhatsApp enables users of this world leading instant messaging app on the Android, iPhone and Windows Phone operating systems to have this feature on their devices. This feature is not a new one; it’s just an updated one. Earlier versions had a grey tick that was used to indicate that a sent message has been delivered to the desired recipient.
Updated FAQ Pages
Another exciting update to WhatsApp’s new version is the updated FAQ pages. Pages titled “What are those check marks next to my message?” and “How can I tell if someone has read my message?” have been updated with the new feature’s details.
WhatsApp has also added a Message Info screen which displays the details of a given message. The FAQ page now informs users that any message they send will result in a pop up Message Info screen with details of delivery and whether the recipient has read the message. In order to check Message Info, users can simply tap and hold a previously sent message.
Imminent Free Voice Calling Feature
News and rumors of this new WhatsApp feature look not to end any time soon, not at least until users actually start using the free voice calling feature on WhatsApp. Despite the app’s CEO, Jan Koum having clearly stated that the feature will be offered, but not until sometime next year, this feature has once again been the subject of the town, this time with talk of leaked icons via a Dutch publication.
These icons are believed to represent start call, end call, missed calls, outgoing and incoming calls, as well as a new call originating from another app. The publication also features a tone that it is believed to be the dial tone when making free voice calls on WhatsApp.
One major reason the company’s CEO cited as to why there is a delay in launching this feature on their platform is something to do with WhatsApp first having to gain full access to smartphone microphones so that noise cancellation won’t be a problem. All this is aimed at enabling users to have a seamless free voice calling experience.
WhatsApp has grown its client base by far a large margin when compared to other apps in the recent years. Most of these users are, according to Koum, found in emerging markets like India, Brazil, and Africa and a large percentage of these areas still use 2G networks. To curb this shortcoming, WhatsApp is believed to be working on better ways in which this free voice calling service can effectively function even in these areas with poor data coverage.
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