WhatsApp has started rolling out another update for its Android users that includes an end-to-end encryption of chats enabled by default.
This is the strongest security offered by a texting app even when compared to similar tools offered by giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft.
Other apps like Cryptocat, Silent Text and Telegram do provide end-to-end encryption but with over 600 million users across the world, WhatsApp is the largest texting platform to adopt the system.
The WhatsApp for Android update has brought the option to hide the ‘last seen’ notification, profile photo and status through privacy settings. In order use the feature, users need to install the latest WhatsApp (2.11.186) update from the Google Play Store. Once the application is updated, users will find the new privacy feature in settings menu under account settings. So far, users can hide all three pieces of information from people not on their contact list, from select people, or from everyone. The feature that was already present on iOS devices.
The WhatsApp update for Android now adds an option to show unread messages on the home screen widget for devices running Android 3.0 and higher. Few other tweaks include a camera shortcut for quicker picture sending, large video thumbnails in chat, and an option to increase the message history a user can send.
The update also fixes few bugs for some devices. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 voice note recording volume bug has also been fixed with the update, while it also enabled Hindi language support for Sony Xperia phones running Android 4.1 and higher.