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WhatsApp Decides to Protect Your Data

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When Facebook bought WhatsApp for the absurdly large sum of $19bn back in February, they took the tech world by storm. $19bn for a FREE messaging app? A messaging app? Really? Soon afterwards, speculation began to grow about the real reason Facebook, a content marketing company at its core, bought the company and it’s pretty clear: They wanted the wealth of personal information stored about the service subscribers. As it turns out, they weren’t the only ones, as WhatsApp has been the subject of many suspicions of (and attempts at) hackers getting users’ private information.

With the abundance of concerns, Facebook has evidently been listening as they have taken steps to secure your mess. . . READ ON »

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Remove Unnecessary WhatsApp Elements with Xposed

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In modern life, you can’t underestimate the power of the dark side messaging applications like Facebook, Snapchat, or WhatsApp. These apps are used by millions every day, so it’s definitely a large user base.

If you use WhatsApp just for typing plain text messages without sending selfies or cat images to your friends, or maybe you often misclick selecting the photo or voice record buttons, you might be interesting to try an Xposed module made by XDA Senior Member jayshah.

Jayshash’s module allows you to entirely re-configure the look of the message bar by removing unnecessary elements. Users have options to remove the camera shortcut and disable the voice messages button. With . . . READ ON »

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Change Your WhatsApp Notification Style with Seebye Chat Heads

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WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps, and it’s widely available on various mobile platforms. It allows users to contact friends in many countries cheaply. However, many are unhappy with its default UI, hence the dozens of themes spread across the forum.

A great idea was presented by XDA Forum Member seebye, who decided to combine WhatsApp with some of the good originally seen in Facebook. As a result, Seebye Chat Heads was created. In short, this application uses the WhatsApp messaging system, and displays messages in a manner similar to Facebook’s chat heads.

The notifications can be freely moved around the screen and used while in other applications, just like Facebook messag. . . READ ON »

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Voice for WhatsApp Beta Released, Ready for Testing

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Over the last couple of years, there have been great strides in integrating voice actions with mobile technology. Google Now has helped users issue all kinds of voice commands, as has Siri. Voice commands have even filtered down to app level, with dictation and voice commands within apps. Now, WhatsApp users have the ability to use voice commands.

XDA Senior Member pacosal has released the Voice for WhatsApp Beta. Here’s pacosal’s explanation on what this does exactly:

It is an application that allows you to work with WhatsApp by voice, both to listen and to send messages.

When you receive a notification of WhatsApp, the program will read the message. If the device is on, try to read it and give you t

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Whatsapp Xtract Gives Users More Texting Power

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For those who don’t know, Whatsapp is a powerful texting application that also supports group chats. Being a cross-platform app supporting several OSes including Android and iOS, it is quite popular. On Android, users not only use the program, but they can also modify and theme it.

Here on XDA Developers, not only can we find heavily themed app variants, but we also find various new ways to control them. This is exactly what the Windows-only Whatsapp Xtract does. Released by XDA Forum Member ztedd and Fabio Sangiacomo, this app gives users more control over their older messages and helps clean out conversations that have gotten too big without erasing them permanently. The full feature list, posed in . . . READ ON »

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Heavily Themed Whatsapp Released

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The last time we talked about the increasingly popular messaging app Whatsapp, it was still in its beta stage. Since then, it’s had its stable release, several updates, and is now even available in the Android Market.

XDA Senior Member Yorzua has taken Whatsapp one step further by taking it apart, adding some very nifty redesigns, and putting it back together to create a few modified versions for fans of the application. The redesigns are heavily themed and built atop the most recent version of Whatsapp, which is currently 2.7.4462. As always, the application is as simple as installing any other apk. But because the package name remains unchanged, simply uninstall the market version before installing . . . READ ON »

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WhatsApp Messenger – Now in Beta for Android!

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The messaging application WhatsApp Messenger, made popular on the iPhone, is now available as a beta release for Android!

Many XDA forum members have been waiting for the release, and XDA member cgorki is one member who has posted this news in the forums.

WhatsApp is a smartphone to smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Nokia devices. The application utilises push notifications to instantly send and receive messages free from other WhatsApp users. Supports pictures, audio and video.

The XDA member has confirmed that the beta apk works perfectly on the HTC Desire.

To join in the discussion and download the beta, visit the forum thread.. . . READ ON »

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Get Android Wear Notifications On Your Pebble

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Back in 2012 a new Kickstarter project popped up showing a very unique device at the time: A smartwatch with the ability to properly show your phone’s notifications, the ability to run apps and an open SDK for developers to write their own applications. Over the last two years the Pebble has gotten a lot of new features like support for custom watchfaces, support for the Pebble to cooperate with an application on your phone, the ability to show notifications from every application, and much more.

Earlier this year Android Wear was announced, a native Android API for wearables to make use of, which resulted in the release of a number of Android Wear watches this year. The great thing about devices using t. . . READ ON »

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AirDroid 3 Beta Preview – Win a Year of AirDroid Premium! [Update]

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Update!: We’ve chosen the winners of the contest. They are: petzku, Androidshek, mascaliente, damir1, nicopizza, dagoban, cretu01, JDLion, trusselo, mohfreestyl. These users will be contacted via XDA PM shortly with a code to unlock AirDroid premium. Thanks to everyone that participated in the contest, and thanks to AirDroid for the codes!

It’s the little things that make using convergence apps like Pushbullet and AirDroid so appealing. As I’ve been sitting here typing this article, I’ve gotten three text messages from my wife. My old workflow: hear annoying buzz, stop typing, pick up phone, unlock phone, click on notification, read message, reply, lock phone, put down p. . . READ ON »

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Track the Time You Waste on Social Media with Socials Addict

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When you use your phone, you often don’t even realize how much time you spend waste on various social networking sites. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are only a few examples of the very long list of social media portals. I’m sure that you are not using a physical stopwatch–but let’s be frank, it’s more than a few seconds per day.

This time spent watching cats and stalking beautiful photos is nothing but total waste of productivity. You can do something about this by using an application by XDA Senior Member mohamedrashad. Socials Addict calculates your time spent on popular social media sites and tell you how addicted you are.

The application supports the most popular por. . . READ ON »

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AutoData Regulates Your Connectivity to Save Battery Life

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It’s absolutely no secret that battery life is somewhat of an undoing for many great devices. With the exception of battery behemoths such as the Galaxy Note series with its superb longevity, most modern flagships seem to top out at only about eight hours of screen time or less. Because of this, it is quite common to see countless threads in various device-specific forums asking for advice on how to achieve better battery life.

One of the big culprits for battery drain is undoubtedly wireless connectivity. However, it’s not really practical to disable mobile data because doing so cuts one off from the outside world. Luckily, there are device automation tools like Tasker and Llama . . . READ ON »

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Schedule Text Messages with Seebye Scheduler

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Are you the kind of person who likes to plan out and schedule your social interactions with other people? Do you compose long messages, only to wait for precisely the right time to hit send? Are you in search of an application to help you map out and schedule future text messages to your contacts? Well, if you’ve said “yes” to any of the above, you’ll be happy to know that there is now a handy app to help you do this, and we’ll even refrain from casting judgement on your social skills—for now.

All jokes aside, there are plenty of reasons why sane, non-stalker individuals would benefit from scheduled text messages. For example, if you are asking a friend to do you a favor at a la. . . READ ON »

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Curb Your Social Networking Addiction with Socials Addict

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As much as I hate to admit it, I spend far too much time on social networking sites. Be it updating my own status, browsing through my feeds, or stalking checking up on old friends, there’s quite a lot to do when browsing G+, Facebook, Twitter, and the like.

Unfortunately, these social networking sites are essentially instant death to any kind of productivity. With this in mind, XDA Senior Member mohamedrashad created an app specifically designed to track the amount of time we waste when browsing various social networks.

Socials Addict currently tracks your usage of Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Tumblr, and Instagram. You can enable and disable tracking without uninstalling and reinstallin. . . READ ON »

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