WhatsApp adds more features in drive to add more users to its messaging platform
WhatsApp is adding a document sharing function to its Android and iOS applications to making the service a more suitable tool for businesses.
Users can send files from iCloud, Dropbox and OneDrive, but the choice of file appears to be limited for now. For example, it seems as though only PDF files can be shared although other types are visible.
WhatsApp document sharing
The Facebook-owned messaging service has one billion users and seems set for a push into the enterprise market where it would compete with the likes of Skype, collaboration tools and of course email.
Subscription fees for the service are set to be scrapped as Facebook looks to increase its user base even further. Until now, WhatsApp has been free for the first year and 99 cents each 12 months after.
The company has promised it will not introduce advertising to compensate and will instead offer businesses the chance to communicate with individuals.
Last month, WhatsApp said it would retire clients for its BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone 7 on the basis its other applications cover 99.5 percent of all mobile phones sold.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp,” it said. “If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”