WhatsApp - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   Who is the co-founder of WhatsApp among these?

a. Brian Action
b. Jan Koum
c. Mark Zuckerberg
d. Both a and b
e. All the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook Inc, will leave the messaging service company to start a new foundation, according to a Facebook post on 12th Sept 2017.

Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.

A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009.

The duo worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp.

2)   WhatsApp is offering which mode to users apart from providing text status messages?

a. Picture in picture feature for video calling
b. Picture in picture feature for chatting
c. Picture in picture feature for calling
d. Picture in picture feature for messaging
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Picture in picture feature for video calling

WhatsApp has lately been trying its hands-on different features on its platform.

In July this year, the Facebook-owned messaging app rolled out a testing version of picture-in-picture feature for video calling on Android O.

Now, the WhatsApp has rolled out the support for picture-in-picture mode to its users across the globe. Apart from that, the company has also added the ability to put text as a status message.

The first feature is called picture-in-picture.

After rolling out the picture-in-picture (PIP) video calls to beta users of its app, WhatsApp has now rolled out the feature to everyone.

This means both Android and iOS users will now be able to minimize video calling window and move it around while browsing through other messages in the background.

When in a video call, you can tap back to continue the video call in picture-in-picture mode.

The picture-in-picture video calls update will only be available for Android users whose smartphones have been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

For iOS users, the feature works fine on iOS 10.

The second feature allows you to post text-only updates to your status. The status, just like the photos and videos will be visible for a time interval of 24 hours.

WhatsApp Changes: Know More

  • WhatsApp has been trying to bring in many new features on the app recently.
  • Very recently, WhatsApp introduced a number of changes to its iOS and Android app.
  • These features include the ability to pin favourite chats on top of the conversation list and the option to forward or delete shared images as one whole album.
  • WhatsApp for Business is another feature that has been in news for a while now.
  • It is currently testing new tools and the app is said to be free for small-scale companies. Large firms with a global base of customers will have to get the enterprise version of the app that might be a paid one.
  • The feature will let business get company‚Äôs solutions to provide customers with useful notifications like flight times, scheduled, arrival, delays, offers and other updates.

3)   Which well known popular messaging app has said it will stop charging USD 1 per year subscription fee for going completely free for users across the world?

a. WhatsApp
b. Imo
c. Skype
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: WhatsApp

Service which has over a billion users globally indicated no third party ads will be used for monetisation. Company was acquired by FB for USD 19 billion in 2014 indicated it will experiment with new models to remain ad free.