WhatsApp, one of the biggest messaging services across the globe, is the brainchild of Jan Koum. When he started the application, he visualized it as an app that would relieve people of their woes of having to pay for each message exchanged over the internet.
With such free internet based messaging services coming into existence, the people across the globe slowly started ousting the Short Messaging Services from their daily lives altogether, something that had been so ubiquitous over the days.
Now, the app has emerged as more than what was expected out of it. When the application was first created, all Jan Koum had thought was that it would be the best messaging service in the world. But slowly, it has grown from this status to a all inclusive app, that allows you to send not just texts, but images and videos as well. Audio files and voice notes also come gratis. But developments have not ceased to form at this; the beginning of 2015 saw the launch of a rather jittery form of voice calls that came into existence almost after six years as compared to WhatsApp’s closest competitor, Viber.
The recent developments in the application have improved some of the key features to such an extent, that the development team now considers the app to be on the path of becoming an email alternative. This is because the recent versions of the application have made it possible to send across documents like PDF files across to the recipients. However, the uploads cannot be made from the local disk; files to be sent across have to be on the cloud, for example on the Google Drive. It is expected that future versions may support direct uploads from the local disk.
Sending pictures from other applications, zooming in on videos, making changes to chat backgrounds and reduction of storage space requirements are other optimizations that have been brought to this application.