WhatsApp updates and notifications are something similar to letters from the Tax Agency. Most of the time these are unimportant, ordinary notifications. But you never know when that message will arrive that changes our lives forever. The purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook did not please many users, who denied the largest social network in the world. And it is that, in reality, the purchase of WhatsApp will change the application forever, for better and for worse, in both directions. More engineers and more money for good, more expectations for bad. Will WhatsApp have advertising? Will it be more expensive? Will WhatsApp be integrated into Facebook? Or even worse, will Facebook be integrated into WhatsApp? Well, we may not have to wait too long for the answers to those questions. 14 days, to be more exact.
The 14 days of death
There are many, although not all, users who have received a notification in their WhatsApp application this morning in which they were informed that in 14 days they would have to update to a new version, allowing them to update now. It is not just any 14 days, it may be the last two weeks of the application as we know it. This is an update that will be a turning point. After those 14 days, users who have the previous version of the application will not be able to use the service again. That is, only those who have updated will be able to continue using WhatsApp. That is the reason why we are told that if we want to update now, to save ourselves later the process of having to perform an update.
What if I don’t update?
First of all, we want to focus on the two possibilities that a user has in this situation. One can choose not to update, or one can choose to update. If you decide to keep the previous version, you will only be able to use the application for 14 days. From then on, the only option is to update. If you fear that you won’t be able to go back to the previous version at a certain point, you don’t have to worry. Actually, you can always uninstall the new version, and search the Internet for an old version. It is the most famous application in the world, practically the APK files of all versions are available online.
What will change?
Visually, practically nothing. After those 14 days we will see almost no change in the application. It is easy to show that something has been modified, there is a visual change, or some icons are added, or something like that. It is even possible that they add a little functionality, or change some of the site. For example, they could change the maximum number of users in the group to double what there is, to give users the impression that they have made minor changes.
However, we can count on important changes in the internal functioning of the application, preparing it for what is to come. Let us bear in mind that voice calls are going to reach WhatsApp very soon, and it will be Facebook that is in charge of the development of this platform, so the modifications that must be made to the application are important.
How do we know that it is a modification of Facebook?
Facebook has not bought the application in a long time, so many might think that the Palo Alto company has not had time to develop new functionality, or modify the application code, to have everything ready at this time. However, the notification carries a designation of origin. Already last year Facebook updated its instant messaging application, Facebook Messenger in the same way. It did not release an update through Google Play, but it did so through the application itself. If they have now decided to do it the same way, it is precisely so that everyone perceives that it is a modification of Facebook.
Being alarmed doesn’t make sense
What we do recommend is that no one be alarmed by this notification, or by the mandatory update that will occur in 14 days. Facebook, or WhatsApp, are going to force you to do it, and that’s all you have to do. Avoid spreading lies that may circulate regarding what will become of WhatsApp, and above all, do not believe anything that they want to send you through the application with a chain message. The news of the update will only be able to know them after it occurs.