There are 1.5 billion WhatsApp users in the world and they are forever anxious to hear about new features coming to the messaging service. But now the app’s biggest fan has launched an extraordinary broadside against WhatsApp and highlighted its worst bugs and missing functionality.
The WhatsApp user who runs the website WABetaInfo has published a rundown of problems under the headline:
‘It’s 2019 and we’re still in 2014.’ Normally, WABetaInfo is known for rooting through new versions of the app before they are released to the public in order to uncover new features. Its latest article is significantly angrier, however, and suggests users of the app are not happy about its direction.
‘I’m not really satisfied about the WhatsApp development,’ the editor of WABetaInfo wrote. The site said WhatsApp was too slow to introduce new functionality when compared to its competitors. ‘I don’t understand why they are so slow,’ it added.
Really slow development compared to telegram. Once you use telegram you can customise each and every element and it is open source and every one can do work on it.
— Kasem (@reza110786) June 18, 2019
‘I understand that a feature must be developed carefully, because WhatsApp is a really famous app.
‘But, for example, I think: “Why is Telegram so fast with features?”
The website added: ‘WhatsApp doesn’t seem interested in the community and probably one day we won’t be interested in WhatsApp if they continue.’
Here are some of the things which WhatsApp’s biggest fan finds really annoying:
- You cannot send uncompressed photos ‘natively’ within WhatsApp. This means you can’t send gigantic, high-quality photographs because the app automatically makes the file smaller.
- Users cannot listen to a voice message whilst switching to a different chat.
- Dark mode has not been introduced even though we’ve known it’s coming since 2018.
- You can’t hide your ‘online’ status, which means contacts will be able to see you’re active – even if you want to hide from them.
- It’s not possible to cancel an iCloud backup on iOS and it takes up a lot of space on Apple’s cloud service.
- WhatsApp users cannot send files bigger than 100mb.
- You can no longer save copies of your contacts’ profile pictures (although you could just take a screenshot).
- Individual chats do not have the options to automatically download pictures. So, for instance, you can’t turn off downloads for a busy chat with loads of images and turn it on for family conversations where fewer but more important snaps are posted.
- There will soon be adverts on the Status feature, which goes against WhatsApp founders’ early promises.
- Dark mode has still not been rolled out.
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