WhatsApp’s big mistake
WhatsApp’s loss is another apps gain
WhatsApp’s competitor Signal saw 17.8 million downloads between January 5 and January 12 which was up from just 285,000 the week previous. Fellow messenger app Telegram saw an increase of 15.7 million downloads during the same period, twice the 7.6 million downloads it saw from the previous week.
Confusion on using the App
Downloads on WhatsApp dropped to 10.6 million, down from 12.7 million the previous week. It caused WhatsApp to issue a clarification, later going as far as to announce they would delay the updates until May.
We await to see WhatsApps next move. Will they drop the changes or adapt them. They certainly reacted quickly when users started to move away.
Alternative messaging platforms you might consider
Telegram is a free platform that uses end-to-end encryption and you can use it to send messages to people when connected to Wi-Fi or your mobile data, it is also cloud-based and claims that it concentrates on security and speed, making it a good alternative to other popular messaging apps. The service launched in 2013 and since then it has reached 200 million active monthly users.
Switzerland-based Threema is an open-source, paid messenger app with end-to-end encryption. Founded by software designers, it creates as reduced amounts of data as possible on the company’s servers. What makes Threema unique is that each user is identified with an 8-digit ID rather than with their mobile phone number, adding another level of data privacy.