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TOP-6 best tools to lock down a kid's device

Thanks to the Internet, we got free access to any information of our interest. However, this is not always good, especially when it comes to children. Their curiosity for everything new and untapped ability for critical thinking can do great damage to their psyche. Therefore, it is obvious that you, as a caring parent, want to block them from harmful content. There are several ways of how to do it. The first approach is the easiest: a lot of modern devices have already had the in-built tool for managing the access of children to the phone. Another way is to use external applications to get more features and blocking options. We will consider both approaches in this blog post. Stay tuned!

Android Screen Pin

Android Screen feature picture

Platform: Android
Price: free

Android Screen Pin is the feature that is included in the modern Android devices. It allows you to lock only certain apps while others remain unlocked. It is very useful when you give a tablet or mobile phone to the toddler to play the games. With Android Screen Pin, you can set a password to Google Play, messages, and phone calls. As a result, a kid can’t accidentally make a call, write a strange message to your colleague, or make the in-app purchases for games. Another useful feature is to lock the apps or the whole device when the children need to do housework or other family tasks.

Where to find:

  • Go to the Settings menu;
  • Find the tab Security or Security & location -> Security, and tap on it;
  • Press Screen lock. If you have already set up a password to lock the screen, the device asks you to enter it;
  • Then, follow the instructions, and do not forget to save the changes.

Although Android Screen Pin is a free in-built tool on Android devices, it is not so much flexible compared to other tools described below. For example, it doesn’t filter the content and must be set up on the child’s device. Also, there is no remote control.

FamilyTime

FamilyTime application screenshots

Platform: Android, iOS
Price: free

FamilyTime provides you with additional features and extended options compared to the Android Screen Pin tool. As there is a third-party app, you need to install FamilyTime on the device before using it. It is completely free, and you can download the application on both iOS and Android platforms on Apple Store or Google Play, respectively.

The app allows you to control the child’s device remotely and securely. Besides this, there are other important features:

  • Limit screen time: you can set up a certain amount of time when your children can use the device. When the limit is over, the phone or tablet blocks automatically, so the kids can access it anymore;
  • Scheduling of the screen time: parents can decide the time their children can access the device and block during, for example, the family time;
  • Internet filters: users can block the websites of a certain category;
  • SafeSearch: turning on this feature, you can provide safe browsing for your children;
  • Application blocker: parents can block different kinds of apps on the device, including social media and games;
  • The tracker of children’s location: it allows you to see the places your children visit. FamilyTime notifies you every time the kid leaves the safe area;
  • Usage monitoring: you can always see what applications your child uses. It also shows you the time of usage;
  • Emergency Alerts: the kid can press the SOS alert, and you will be notified about this immediately;
  • Reports: get the full statistics of what the child uses or what kind of information they browse on the Internet;
  • PickMeUp: the option to share a current location;
  • SafeDrive: if you have a teenager with car and driving license, you can set up the speed limits, and the app automatically notifies you if these limits are exceeded.

Note that with FamilyTime you can add as many children’s devices as you want.

Web Watcher

Web Watcher application screenshots

Platform: Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Chrome
Price: free

WebWatcher is a monitoring app for iOS, Android, Mac, PC, and Chrome. The app was developed by Awareness Technologies. Initially, it was used in a counter-terrorism activity for Windows PC, but today its benefits are leveraging by parents from different parts of the world. WebWatcher helps you to become a responsible parent in the digital world. It tracks and records all the children’s activity, starting with text messages and call history and ending with location notifications and photos. Even if your children use different devices, you still can connect all of them from your secure account and manage their activity remotely.

The full list of what you can monitor in your child’s device:

  • SMS and MMS including deleted texts;
  • Screenshots (their number is limited to 1 000. In order to see more, you need to purchase the app);
  • Gallery;
  • History of web browsing;
  • Call logs;
  • The location;
  • Social networks and messengers: TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Viber, Snapchat, Tinder;
  • Application usage.

Note that it can vary depending on the platform. But the basic options are the same on all devices.

Qustodio

Qustodio application screenshots

Platform: Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Kindle
Price: free

Qusodio provides you with a simple tool for managing the children's activity on a particular device. It allows you to see how much time your kids use the mobile phone or a tablet, block certain applications, and filter the content.

How it works:

  • First of all, you need to install Qusodio on your device;
  • Then sign up, and tap the “Child’s device” menu item;
  • Follow the provided instructions;
  • Once you finish, the number of websites will be blocked automatically;
  • Now, you can view the child’s activity and daily reports.

The app is completely free to install. But it offers additional in-app purchases and premium subscriptions. The difference is that free plan allows you to monitor only one kid’s device from different parent's devices while the paid plan allows you to monitor as many kid’s devices as you want from the unlimited number of parent’s devices. The app is available in several languages, including English, Spanish, and German.

Net Nanny

Net Nanny application screenshots

Platform: Android, iOS, PC, Apple OS X, Fire OS
Price: free

Net Nanny is one of the most famous feature-packed parental control apps. The initial version was launched almost more than 20 years ago — in 1995. It was just a web browser that filtered IRC and web content, hid profanity, and blocked strange images. The latest version was released in May 2019. Now, it allows you to do much more. But the headline feature remains the same: Net Nanny is a powerful web filter with which you can block the weapons, pornography, and other harmful content for children. Among other options:

  • Monitoring the child’s activity with amazing accuracy;
  • Set up the limits that you can change just in a few taps;
  • Divide the whole Internet content into the categories and block the defined categories;
  • Build white and black lists for websites;
  • Receive daily reports;
  • Get the notifications about flagged words and other undesired content; 
  • Block the applications on your device;
  • Track the current location;
  • Set up different rules for different devices.

Net Nanny received a lot of different rewards and positive feedback from the critics. The application took the first place in TopTenReviews.com in "Internet Filter Software" and fourth in "Parental Control Software" in 2017. If you are looking for the best web content filtering apps, we highly recommend you download and install Net Nanny. Besides, it is completely free.

AppLock

AppLock application screenshots

Platform: Android
Price: free

AppLock by DoMobile Lab is one of the most downloadable lock apps on Google Play. It has more than 100 million installs. Isn't that a reason to become one of its users too? The application works in more than 50 countries and supports 45 languages. AppLock can block the contents of different types. It could be:

  • The social networks or messengers like Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram;
  • Mailboxes: Gmail;
  • Messages: SMS;
  • Contacts;
  • Call log;
  • Settings;
  • Gallery files: images, videos;
  • Other applications installed on your device.

AppLock ensures full security and prevents unauthorized children’s access to blocked apps. You can set up the password, the pattern, or lock with a fingertip. If somebody tries to crack the phone and pick up a password, the application automatically takes a photo of them. AppLock provides you with the great and extended customization options compared to other applications listed below. Users can select the favorite image and set it in the background, create the blocklists, and so on. To make AppLock invisible for children, you can hide the app’s icon in the settings.

Besides the applications locking, the title has the option that allows you to switch on an incognito regime in the browser, as a result, the history of your queries will not be recorded. As you can see, there is an excellent app not only for child protection but also for adults.

Final notes

There are a lot of different locking applications for different platforms and at various prices. But before using them, do not forget about one important thing. As a parent, you always need to remember that you set up the lock on the children’s device on your risk. What you think you mean well may not be understood by the child and become one of the biggest grievances against you. This is especially true for adolescents.

Also, there are a lot of forums and groups where teenagers discuss possible and effective ways to get around parental control. Locking applications is an incredible tool to protect children from harmful content, however, it should only be used in conjunction with accompanying conversations with the child. Try to convey to them as accurately as possible why you are doing this and what goals you are pursuing. Share your experience in the comments below. What apps did you use? What was the reaction of a child?

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New updates for WhatsApp will allow users to hide annoying Status updates forever

The developers of one of the popular Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp announced a new feature that will hide the annoying Status updates forever. For now, it is available for testing only on the beta version 2.19.260 for Android devices. How will it affect users and when to wait for the release of the full version on all platforms? These are the questions that we raise in today's post.

Why are the Status updates so annoying?

A lot of users may, probably, say that they have already had the feature allowing them to hide the WhatsApp stories. So, here is the main pitfall. Do not confuse this with the upcoming feature of hiding muted Status from contacts. Soon we will explain the difference. If you put stories on other social media, you may notice all stories that you muted appeared grey in a separate segment in the bottom. For example, it happens on Snapchat and Instagram. To mute a Story in WhatsApp, you need to press on a three-dot menu sign. Then the application hides it in the Status tab that you can watch any time. For this, just tap on the arrow that expands the muted content.

So, the difference is that the forthcoming WhatsApp update will allow you to hide Stories from the contacts you have already muted. As a result, you do not see any more updates from the users you are not interested in. No gray icons and separate sections — they will just disappear.

When can users test the new feature?

People with their phones picture

A new portion of WhatsApp updates is available on the beta version 2.19.260 for Android devices. To download it, you need first to register and sign in Play Store as a tester, and then go to APK Mirror and download the updated WhatsApp there. But do not be surprised if you have already installed the beta and do not see the new hiding feature available for testing. The developers said it is an A/B test at present. It means that one group of people sees the updates, and another does not. Unfortunately, the developers didn’t give exact dates for the release of the new version of the application on all platforms.

What else to expect in the new WhatsApp?

There are a lot of rumors about new updates for WhatsApp. For example, it is suggested that in the near future, users will be able to use WhatsApp on a PC without connecting their mobile phone to the Internet. Other reports said about the implementation of alignment indicators for emojis, stickers, and texts on Status. But there are just the rumors! Share in the comments below, are you excited with the upcoming opportunity of hiding the stories away?

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Now You Can Delete Multiple Android Messages at Once!

If you have an Android mobile device, you are probably aware of a rather efficient and fast messaging application Android Messages you have installed by default. There are some smartphones with other software, but most of them still are equipped with this one. It allows you to send and receive messages in the form of MMS, SMS, and more. This application is constantly updated without human interference. But if you want, you can download it manually.

When you use Android Messages, you get a long conversation thread, and sometimes there is a reason for deleting some messages from it. The earlier releases of Android did not allow it. But version 4.7 provides you with the option of removing multiple messages at a time without much effort.

Deleting email

Step by step

We are going to tell you what should be done when you want just to delete some multiple messages while leaving the remained part. It is clear that in order to do it, you should have this app installed on your device and updated. Then you should:

  • Open the application and go to a chat thread containing the undesired messages.
  • Find the ones you would like to get rid of and press on a message holding for a short period of time. It will become highlighted.
  • Now tap as many messages as you want to remove.
  • Go to the menu bar which you will find at the top of the screen page and find a trash can icon.
  • Tap on it to delete the selected messages. Well done!

Everything you should know

Android Messages is intended to send SMS, MMS, and chat messages from your mobile device and deliver a range of useful options. But some obviously helpful and required features are still not accessible.

Thus, you have been suggested to delete multiple messages all at once just recently. We would not discuss the issue itself – why such a common feature was a long time coming. Now Android Messages delivers it, and you can benefit from such a convenient and simple option.

Please, leave your comments and share this article with your friends to help them cope with this feature

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Let’s Date Online With the Best Apps of 2019

We believe that everybody agrees that dating sites and applications are very common nowadays. They help people to communicate, meet like-minded persons, and find the one. All the year-round, regardless of a season singles look for their soulmates, and online dating services provide them with an easy and efficient way to expand searching.

In this article, we suggest you consider a range of the most reliable and popular applications for this purpose where you can try your fate. We ground our choice on the experience of a lot of users who used this software to develop their relationships.

The League

The League
If we may say so, this app is elite, and that means you should have values to get access. It will consider a job title, education, and other information before it allows you to join the community. To prove the data, you are to add your Linkedin account. Your application will be processed by turn. The bigger the city, the longer the waiting list is. It can take you some time to enjoy the opportunities provided by this app. In order to prompt the review, you can as well pay.

Of course, you can try this app as it is very popular and delivers additional guarantees of serious approach, but be sure that you will find a lot of nice faces on other dating apps too. So there is no need to worry if you are not supposed to be elite after your application is reviewed.

Bumble

bumble app screenshot
Bumble is developed for women able to initiate conversation. They decide what men they will communicate, judging on the information provided in their profiles. Though a profile here is based on the photos with a little personal data. The men can content with those ladies who show their interest. Guys really have poor control over the dating experience. But, of course, a man can refuse to respond to a message. But if he wants to answer and fails to do it in the next 24 hours after he gets the message, a chance is wasted.

This perfect option – a timer – is very useful, helping to sort out those who do not take the process seriously and at the same time to encourage contacts. You will have to be more active on the application and check out your account every day if you want to succeed. Also, there is a BFF feature allowing you to create friendships and not only to arrange dates. Remember that you cannot be absolutely anonymous here as far as the Facebook account is required for signing in.

Tinder

Tinder app screenshot

This application is perfect both for a serious long-term relationship and casual hookup. We would recommend even to start with it if you are a first-timer in the dating world. Here you will find brief profiles, and that is convenient because you can skim them and decide whether you want to continue. But at the same time lack of information can prevent you from understanding a partner in a proper way. This downside can be compensated by further communication though, again, it is more complicated to spark the interest of a recipient in your initial message. Thus, you will think over its content thoroughly because you know very little about a person.

OkCupid

OkCupid app screenshot

This app can boast of multiple marriages arrangement. Some people prove to meet spouses here. It does not mean that the others on the list are not efficient, but this one shows the most obvious result. Perhaps, this is due to rather deep profiles with a lot of data which can be useful for another person to understand more and make the right choice. The list of questions is really long, but thorough answering is well worth the efforts.

The app is continuously updated, and the recent changes have made it look like Tinder. Now you can do without those endless questions and still match with the users at the first try. You are suggested to swipe and choose the most attractive pictures to start communication. In order to exchange the inboxes, you should match first, and such attitude allows you to be protected from the offensive messages.

Plenty of Fish

POF app screenshot

Plenty of Fish has been available since 2003, allowing everybody to contact a user without subscribing. This way is much simpler, that is why the app is widely known and preferred. Though we would mention that it is not very easy to cope with its functionality because there are plenty of features. At the same time, navigation is comprehensive.

The app is good for those who are on a budget but want to try their fate with dating. Because of the facility of access, you can face such a problem as bots and scams within this application.

Still, you can enjoy a wide variety of options here: search for a candidate using their locations, send and get messages. If you want to find your match easily, turn to Online Personality Assessment, which is free and helpful.

Hinge

Hinge app screenshot

It is possible to sign in here without any restrictions and meet new people from all over the world. The app is connected with Facebook. You are allowed to share the profiles and ask your family and friends for recommendations. As usual, you are to answer a range of questions to help you match, and that is a feature which will be appreciated by those who look for a serious long-term relationship.

Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel app screenshot

This free app sends you suggested matches every day, and that is so cool. This option really helps to match better. Here you will get the more detailed information about a user from his deeper profile compared to other dating apps. Choosing among twelve users, you can mark Priority Like, and Pass.

In general, the app is rather good for those who are not demanding, though you can feel a little bit confused at the beginning due to its wide range of features. If you need, you are suggested to view online tutorials and understand the way you are expected to navigate.
The app will remind you to send a message to the persons you match.

Match

Match app screenshot

Here you should pay for a subscription even if you use a free version of the application, and that fills you with confidence that every member takes communication seriously. Indeed, the paid service does not matter when you want to find a significant other. The free apps are also very efficient and reliable. Still, you can benefit from the paid features if you want to try them.

Happn

Happn app screenshot

This application uses a location when it arranges matches. It is mostly preferred by those who want to meet people living nearby in real life. You should sign up and continue choosing among all available users staying at home. This is a perfect tool for people who do not dare to approach a person in real life and at the same time, do not agree on online dating. The application is well in between. You can look through the candidates secretly until you show your interest to someone. Then the app will show the company a user works in and their job title, and this option will help you to avoid shady communication.

Her

Her app screenshot

Though almost all the mentioned apps do not have anything against LGBTQ, only this one is dedicated to lesbian, queer, and bisexual women. This is a good app with clear motives, but it has bugs, and that is a bit annoying. So it’s up you to decide! Why should you use it if there are so many other alternatives? Still, they are not meant for the mentioned purposes exclusively. Try it and decide whether it is your place. Here you will definitely have some pleasant conversations which can be developed on a date. Anyway, you can go to Tinder or Bumble and enjoy the smooth operation and a wide list of their members.

Clover

Clover app screenshot

This application allows getting a date making just a couple of taps. Mind that the premium package is rather expensive. Unfortunately, there is no PC version, but you get access to the most extensive base of users on your mobile device. Clover insists that there are about 6 million members aged from 18 to 30 years old signed in. Only premium users have a possibility to send messages without restrictions in number. We can say that the app includes the elements of OkCupid and Tinder being rather interesting and safe.

At the End of the Dating Day

If you are looking for an exclusive romantic partner or your other half, we recommend trying the above apps as efficient and safe online tools with plenty of useful features. They are developed exactly for such purposes allowing you to understand a person of your interest. You can use them on the go and enjoy simple interfaces and scientific approaches to matching. It is easy to protect yourself from annoying conversations applying blocking or other options and continue to communicate with those users who are interesting.

We are sure that you will find the most appropriate service for your needs and preferences. Please leave your comments on any app from the above list you have tried.

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Top Communication Apps for Your Company

It is impossible to do your work properly without communication with your colleagues or boss. Whether you are working remotely or at the same office, you need to share files, links, or discuss important questions. Sometimes it is hard to satisfy clients, make an order on time, or even stay focused without proper communication. There are life-savings apps that were made specially to solve these problems.

Can a small chat app improve the whole business?

Communication is the key to anything. It solves problems and stops wars. If you think that it is irrelevant for your work, you are missing an amazing opportunity for improvement. Team members, who do not need to run up and down the stairs, wasting their time on coming to your office and back just to discuss something will appreciate these apps.

It takes less time to ask a question or receive an answer. It means that all the questions that colleagues saved for the next time they meet will be asked and nothing will be lost. All team members will receive access to important information at the same time. Some of the apps have project management features other suit client communication better, and so on.

These apps help the team to stay focused on their common goal. This way you will receive better results. Productivity will be increased, and the workers will feel as part of a team. Even remote workers can easily reach the office and share the team spirit.

Top apps for communication at work

While we all know numerous chatting apps, not all of them are suitable for business. The perfect communication app for work must contain several features and meet quite a lot of requirements. It must be easy to navigate and understand.

Slack

Slack application screenshots

Price: varies from free up to $15 for a month.

Slack is positioned as a working creative hub for sharing ideas and taking decisions. The center of Slack is the chat between all colleagues. Some users prefer to compare it to Trello by its organization. Still, this is not like Trello at all. This app will be appreciated by anyone who used Hipchat before it was discontinued. All the conversations can be organized into channels, and it actually solves the problem with email chains. It is much easier to find the conversation thread you need if you know where to look and what to look for.

Every member of the chat can join or leave it anytime, write messages or easily find the old ones. You can make a call, share files, and arrange video conferences in Slack. It is compatible with Google Drive, Dropbox, and probably  even your company’s unique software. You may keep all the important data in the storage, so all members of the project could use it.

Main attractions:

  • Channels are well organized and easy to join or leave.
  • Video and audio calls between colleagues are extremely easy to arrange.
  • File sharing option. Slack is compatible with other platforms.

Basecamp

Basecamp application screenshots

Price: $99 a month.

Basecamp app was made for clients oriented companies. You may arrange communication through the app in various ways like Campfire, chatroom, or message boards. If you want to talk directly to your team mate, send the private message or email.

The new feature that lacks in many other apps is that you can actually include your clients into the conversations. Basically, your clients will receive updates on the project and will be able to discuss their questions with you. You can show charts, to-do lists, reports, etc. There is storage for your needs and project calendar to remind you of the deadlines. Actually, the whole working process is simplified. You don’t need to arrange meetings with your clients or call them. They can always visit the app and check what has been done and what you are currently working on.

Main attractions:

  • Close interactions with clients through the app.
  • Charts and reports, and other ways to show the progress to both team members and clients.
  • Various options for communication between each other: chats, conferences, etc.

Zoom

Zoom application screenshots

Price: various from free and up to $199.50 for a month.

There are group video chats for everyone who prefers to see each other during the conversation, instead of typing messages. You can either organize one-on-one private chat or invite up to 100 people to join. This is a nice way to provide conference and include all your remote employees. Face-to-face conversations can significantly increase productivity. There will be less misunderstanding between each other. And this app is widely used for online international conferences.

Zoom app also allows you to share your screen with others, so everyone will be able to see your presentation. The best thing is that you can always join the chat from the tablet or smartphone. To join the conference you will have to make a phone call. You can share even your phone screen if you need. And if you want you may record the conference for other users or for yourself.

Main attractions:

  • Recording the conference and keeping it in the storage.
  • You can join the conference on your phone.
  • Video conferences private or up to 100 people.

Bitrix24

Bitrix24 application screenshots

Price: varies from free up to $199 for a month.

Bitrix24 app was created to help people to communicate with each other. Besides, it provides you with all tools for team members and task management. You can create separate workgroups that will have their own assignments and in the evening call everyone for the common meeting in a chat room or video conference. You may send emails, create events in the calendar and discuss current tasks with employees.

There are task boards for a better convenience and file sharing option. If you use a time tracking system, this app helps with it too. Similar to Basecamp, Bitrix24 offers you to bring your clients into the chat. You don’t have to pay for the app if you don’t want extra services. This app is lightweight and easy to use. You may place any amount of information and share it with your colleagues.

Main attractions:

  • Video conferences or chats between colleagues.
  • Direct and active collaboration with clients.
  • Team management and time tracking system.

Sameroom

Sameroom application screenshots

Price: varies from free up to $5 000 for a month.

This app offers a single communication way for different platforms users. You don’t have to change the platform you are accustomed to.  If you are used to chatting through one app, Sameroom will simply connect you with your colleagues who apply another app.

Besides, you can always unite all your various accounts on one platform. To make it clear, you are able to connect different channels of Slack in one, so the team or clients will have access to everything. Sameroom does not need any extra skills, as it was made super user-friendly.

Main attractions:

  • Over 20 various apps can integrate with the Sameroom.
  • You and other employees may still use your favorite platforms.
  • Different conversations may be united on the same platform.

Asana

Asana application screenshots

Price: varies from free up to $23.99 for a month and user fees.

Asana is an app that is mainly used for project management. Meanwhile, it has all the features for communication inside the team. You can chat with your colleagues one-on-one or call for the group meeting. There are project boards that are useful for keeping updated on the progress, so your colleagues will see it.

Make an assignment in the app and share it with your colleagues. You can post your comments or ask questions there. Notifications will be sent to the employees that take part in the project. Forget about misunderstanding and irrelevant remarks.

Main attractions:

  • You are able to make notes in the assignments directly.
  • Project boards show the current progress to employees.
  • You are able to choose when you want to see notifications.

Wrike

Wrike application screenshots

Price: variуs from free up to $24.8 for a user per month.

Wrike is a management app that helps to provide communication among employees, create projects on time and organize the work structure. Colleagues can receive messages from each other in their workspace. It helps to avoid confusing situations, searching through various tasks and projects. This way, you are able to see the message and immediately respond to it.

Unlike many other apps, Wrike allows you to attach comments to videos, and images as well. This way your notes will be seen on time. All the progress of the whole team is seen in the app. You may share the workflows, ask questions, make updates. You don’t need to actually ask everyone about their tasks and how everything goes. You will see everything yourself.

Main attractions:

  • Updates on the status of the project.
  • You can add notes to videos and photos.
  • Sends messages and chats directly to the workspace to avoid confusion.

Do you actually need any of these apps?

The answer is so obvious that you don’t even have to ask. Modern market has numerous requirements that involve fast and productive communication between co-workers. At the same time, more companies nowadays prefer to hire remote workers who always need to be updated on the current situation with projects. Apps like Slack or Wrike are in trend nowadays, while other amazing apps that were mentioned here are still unknown.

Don’t miss the opportunity to try all of these apps until you find something worthy of your attention. Each of them has different specifics which will be more or less suitable for your work. Build a strong bond between team members and keep the progress visible for everyone.

The list of communication apps here is not complete. You may use some other apps as well. If you do, tell us about them and why do you like them. And if you are familiar with one of the apps mentioned above, please share your honest opinion here, in the comments.

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Creating an Account in IMO App without a Phone Number

IMO app is similar to WhatsApp messaging app that will make your text messaging daily routine easier. The app allows you not only to exchange messages but also to make video or audio calls. All your respondents need is IMO app installed on their phone.

How does IMO work?

IMO app screenshot

The IMO app needs your phone number to verify the user account. Verification can be done both by phone and by text. No matter which way you choose, you are going to need a SIM card.

The only obvious question is what to do when you don’t want to provide the number. The good news is you don’t actually need to give your phone number to strangers anymore. There are not one but a few ways of skipping this verification by number. And we are going to discuss all of them here.

Follow our step-by-step instructions mentioned below and don’t forget to write down your impressions. Before we start! Pay attention that you can download the app for free from the official Google Play Store. If you have already downloaded it and passed the verification but want to remove your phone number, reset the app. Delete the app completely from your phone. Now download it again. It is completely free, so you don’t need to pay for anything.

Using TextNow for account verification

TextNow app screenshot

  • Download the third-party app TextNow to verify your account. Open it;
  • Create a phone number by using special instruction that appears on your screen;
  • Now you can write down the phone number you have created or note it down by tapping on 3 lines at the corner of the screen;
  • Open IMO and sign up this phone number. Verify your account and start using the app.

Landline number for IMO verification

  • Go to the IMO app on your phone;
  • Now you may choose your country and the landline number;
  • The button Next appears, tap on it;
  • The first thing app will do is try to send SMS on your phone, but since it is a landline, and it can’t receive messages, the app will simply call you for a verification;
  • Note down the code you will be told during the call;
  • Go to IMO app and type down the code you received. That’s all. Verification is completed successfully.

After you complete setup

When you verified your number, you can start using the app. Use it to call your family and friends or just chat with them. If you have already tried the app, share your honest opinion with us in the comments. Whether you like using it or not, share your experience with us. There is only one condition! Be polite to other people, even if your opinions are different.

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Top Apps for Staying Close When Apart

There’s little pleasure to be forced apart, even temporarily. But today’s technology works wonders, and, to make your departure easier, you can easily connect via the web that took over the world. Here are the best apps we selected for that.

Six Apps to Bring You Together from Afar

We have found six popular apps that will help you see, hear, read and even feel each other at any distance. Some of them are extremely popular; others are kind of exotic. But all of them can help you stay close when apart.

Skype

Skype screen

It’s the classical app for voice and video calls, now owned by Microsoft and included into Microsoft Office (in its business version). What makes Skype a good option for lovers? First of all, it’s voice and video calls, providing a sort of presence with its HD video and HQ voice. Second, it’s is subscription. Even when one of you is overseas, Skype lets you make calls to regular landline or mobile phone numbers when your partner is offline. It only takes an Office 365 subscription. Even the basic option includes 60 mines of Skype Out.

Instagram

Instagram app

We all know, it’s the app for publishing your pics, polishing them with filters, and then exposing them to the whole world, right? It’s also owned by Facebook, so it’s popular and subject to strict censorship. But Insta is much more than this. First of all, there are Stories, the ephemeral chronicles of your days. You can charge them with meanings and messages only someone special can understand. Second, it has a private message system, so you can send each other the pictures not meant for publishing. 

And, in addition, it’s so sweet to tell the world something meant just for one person, so others will only understand how close you are to each other to read otherwise unreadable. Anyway, Instagram is for showing off your happiness, so show off your love… as much as it doesn’t touch the very heart you save for the two of you.

WhatsApp

Whatsup app

And another app by Facebook hurries to the rescue when you’re half a world away. It brings you free unlimited texting, voice and video calls, and it’s not too sensible for connection quality. So even one of you is somewhere in the wild, where the Internet is a luxury, you won’t need much of it to send a message, a picture, a short video, or your location. It’s strange to recommend this app as it’s already one of the most popular in the world; it’s rather a reminder to keep in touch.

Spokeo

Spokeo screen

This app should have been named first, as it’s a great investigation tool. You only need to enter the phone number into the special field, and the service reports you everything about public activities of the phone’s owner.

No doubt this service only uses open source data and works legally, otherwise, it wouldn’t be available. It can seem immoral to spy over your partner like this; well, then don’t. But you may need to know. Or at least warn each other that you’ll mutually spy over Spokeo, to feel like you’re doing all these activities side by side. Alas, Spokeo is little help (or none at all), when one of the two temporarily (or constantly) lives outside the US.

SnapChat

Snapchat screen

The greatest thing about Snapchat when it comes to relationship is its privacy. Send each other your photos and don’t be afraid they may leak out. Just don’t forget about self-destruction timer.

We don’t mean only explicit pics, though we understand how much they can matter when physical touch is impossible. These little stupid pics or videos with Snapchat filters and masks can be much more compromising. And this makes Snapchat a sort of test: if you both really enjoy these stupid moments with dog ears and noses, crowns and clowns, and your faces mutually swapped, then you really fit each other.

Telegram

Telegram app

It’s a good messenger, but most of its messaging features copy those of WhatsApp, and the unique ones (like public channels and advanced encryption) seem to have nothing in common with our subject … Oh yes, they suddenly have. Encryption, you say! Yes, that’s what makes chatting in Telegram feel more secure, so you can share your deepest feelings and thoughts. 

What Telegram cannot do is video calls, and the developers say they don’t have the slightest intention to implement them. But you can have Skype or WhatsApp for your regular video calls, and Snapchat to make them really crazy with filters and stickers.

Keep Closer!

Well, there are other ways, in addition to these above. If both of you have Apple Watch, then you can even send touches to each other, with haptic responses, and use an online walkie-talkie. And if you know each other’s offline addresses (and why not?), then use the traditional postal delivery to send each other physical gifts and paper letters. Because nothing digital gets as personal than a handwritten paper letter. Even if you write an email with your own hand and a hi-tech stylus on your touchscreen, it shares the same handwriting and signature but not the warmth.

We left uncovered services like iMessage or Facebook Messenger, partly because they are bound to hardware (no iPhone – no iMessage), partly because they just duplicate the other apps. And if you feel your conversations lack visual emotions, you can connect one of the third-party emoji packs to heart, kiss, pair, dance, moon, and sun each other, or whatever you feel special about. But remember: your love and feelings are primary, and the apps just help it.

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WhatsApp Alternatives: Our Top Picks

So, you decided to find an alternative for WhatsApp. Maybe you’re too worried about Facebook’s privacy policy. Or you just don’t like the way it works. Or you drop it for your own reasons.

Here are the alternative apps you can have on your phone for communicating. All of them are cross-platform and compatible with your PC as well as with iPhone or Android devices. So, select what’s the most attractive to you.

And remember: even the best messenger is no good if your contacts aren’t in. So, you better check several alternatives and see what your contact list looks like in each.

Signal: The Safest

Signal app screen

Signal is an open-source cross-platform messenger, developed by a group of enthusiasts and distributed for non-profit reasons. Its source code is always published on GitHub, so everyone competent enough can check it and report bugs, vulnerabilities or backdoors if any of them is found.

The killer feature of Signal is security. Its encryption system is rated as the most secure of all the messengers available. 

As for features, Signal has exactly what a modern messenger should have. Its primary identifier is your phone number. After confirmation and authentication, you can make voice and video calls and send messages and files to other Signal contacts. Exactly like you do in WhatsApp.

Is it that perfect substitute? In fact, not, unless you persuade all your contacts to switch to Signal, or at least install it as a second messenger. For that you can just send invitations from Signal as regular SMS.

Pro: secure.
Con: not so popular.

Viber: The Richest in Stickers

Viber screen

If you mostly communicate informally and emotionally, you probably like sending and receiving all those graphic smiles, kisses, flowers, thumbs up, and the big stickers showing that regular emoji aren’t expressive enough. Then here comes Viber by Rakuten.

In fact, this messenger has all the features of WhatsApp. It supports unlimited texting, sending pictures and locations, video and voice calls, group chats, and even built-in games. And it’s quite popular: there are few countries listing it as #1, but almost all over the world it’s in the Top 5. 

But the most distinct feature of Viber is its treasury of stickers and emoji. You can select pets, cartoon characters, popular mascots, and characters invented on purpose, to express your emotions. Even paid ones can be available for free if sponsored, or as a reward for active communication.

Pro: the most emotional messenger.
Con: but once you get locked into a serious sticker collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

Telegram: The Most Social… and The Most Controversial

Telegram screen

In fact, Telegram is more than a messenger: it’s a text-centric messaging and blogging app, two-in-one. The messaging part of Telegram is familiar, with one useful exception: you can send messages to yourself as well. A useful feature when you need to transfer a picture or some text between your devices. On the other hand, Telegram has no video calls and no plans for that.

As for the blogging part, you can create a public channel with your account and post anything you want. So far your posts can only be read, but the team is working on implementing comments. The rumor has it that Telegram is to introduce its own cryptocurrency soon.

Security features include end-to-end encryption and possibility to hide your phone number; but still those who have it will see it connected to your account.

Pro: secure and social.
Con: no video calls.

GroupMe: For More Than Two

GroupMe screen

Of course, this app by Microsoft can be used for private communication, but rather it’s a tool for creating group chats (just like it says on the tin). It also supports sending pictures, locations, links and all the types of data regularly shared in groups.

You can use your Microsoft or Facebook accounts to log in or create an independent account with your email. Still, it needs to access your phone book and fetch the contacts from there. 

Pro: great for group chats at work and at your party.
Con: it can’t replace your WhatsApp experience.

LINE: Orientally Oriented

LINE screen

If you want something resembling WhatsApp up to the color of the logo, here comes LINE. It’s a messenger with functionality very similar to all the messengers like WhatsApp. It also needs your phone number as an ID and your phone book as the base to fetch your LINE contacts.

Though LINE is mostly popular in East Asia (Japan, South Korea), but also it has its fans in America and Middle East. If you communicate with friends or colleagues from these Asian countries, you’ll access them easier, and they’ll appreciate.

Pro: all the features of a modern messenger, useful for contacts with Asia.
Con: not as popular in the rest of the world.

The Ones Behind

There are other messaging apps (or rather services) also worth attention, at least in one sentence. Some of them are only popular locally; say, WeChat is mostly used in China, IMO in Central Asia, and KakaoTalk in South Korea. Google Hangouts, formally sharing the same functionality, didn’t get as popular; as for iMessage, it only works with Apple devices.
We skipped Facebook Messenger too, because, being too an obvious alternative, it shares one thing with WhatsApp: it’s controlled by Facebook. As far as we know, concerns about Facebook’s privacy policy is one of the main reasons why people give up WhatsApp.

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Top 10 Tinder Alternatives You Should Try

We live in a world where literally everything can be done online. From shopping to getting a taxi and everything in between, our worlds revolve around our smartphones, tablets, or computers. Today, we're looking at something a little different, which has now become the norm of our daily routine - dating. Yes, that's right, we'll be discussing the present and probable future of the old fashioned meet and greet. Online dating has been around for more than a few years and while some sources have delivered, others have failed miserably.

Dating apps have taken over from the overly complicated websites, plus they can be carried with us everywhere we go. But when we think of dating apps, only one name comes to mind and that is none other than Tinder. It's a given that Tinder has been doing remarkably well since its introduction, but it does come with a number of obstacles. Linking your Facebook account and paying for unlocking better features are just two of the biggest that come to mind. Now, there are a number of apps that offer the same features, and more, for free or at a much lower cost. Let's take a look at 10 Tinder alternatives that will kickstart your dating life.

Bumble

Gone are the days when women had to wait for the man to make the first move. With Bumble, the power is all in the women's hands. Swipe through the thousands of members and when you find a potential connection, as a woman, you have 24 hours to send a message. The receiver also has 24 hours to respond before the connection expires. It is designed for heterosexual individuals as well as same-sex matchmaking. Apart from dating, the app can also be used to make friends as well as finding a new career. The app is free to use but does come with optional subscription fees.

Happn

If you cross paths with someone you like on a daily basis but don't have the nerve to approach them, the Happn app is the perfect choice for you. It lets you know when any other Happn user is near you and lets you check out their profile. You can even check the number of times you crossed paths as well as the te and location. Send secret Likes to people you fancy or say Hi and connect straight away. If you get a Like or Hi back, you create a Crush which lets you chat with the other person. Or play CrushTime and guess the person that liked you from four different profiles.

OkCupid Dating

While OkCupid Dating first started off as a dating website in 2004, it has reinvented itself as a user-friendly mobile app and is one of the best in the market. Most dating apps base their matchmaking abilities on looks and attraction. OkCupid Datin builds on that by including the users' likes, hobbies, and interests to make a more meaningful and accurate connection. It is free to use the app, but an upgrade to premium costs $9.99 a month.

Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel or CMB is probably one of the most well-designed dating apps available. It has a complex algorithm that factors in everything from age and height to ethnicity, religion, and social network to find you the absolute best matches. What's more is that you don't have to go searching, swiping, or looking for your match. The app delivers the best potential matches or Bagelsat noon every day. Once connected, a private chat is set up for you to take the conversation further.

Skout Dating App

Adding another layer to the online dating world, Skout offers you broadcasting features too. Go Live and make connections or watch others and connect with them. Find new connections near you or anywhere in the world and preference them by age. Check out millions of profiles or find out who has been checking your profile. Get notified when a potential connection is nearby and save your favorites. Make in-app purchases to help you upgrade and promote your profile to a wider audience.

Plenty Of Fish

Plenty Of Fish or POF is a completely free to use dating app and delivers one of the best online dating experiences. With one of the most advanced algorithms incorporated, the app will surely find you the perfect match in no time. Check out your ideal matches and sort them according to newest members, last online, and more. The standout feature for the app is that you can send unlimited messages for absolutely no cost and receive them for free as well. With millions of users worldwide, the POF app can surely find you a perfect match.

Woo

Woo is another dating app that puts the power in the hands of the woman. The app is designed for Indian women around the world and focuses on trust, comfort, and sensitivity. The app helps you find the ideal match and allows you to chat with anyone without showcasing any profile details. It also helps filter out unwanted connections and creepy profiles. With Woo, you get Verified Profiles to choose from that give you the opportunity to choose the perfect match. Women can make internet calls without releasing their phone numbers to ensure security at the highest level.

MeetMe

Want to connect with people now? Try MeetMe and you won't be disappointed. Find individuals near you and chat with them instantly without any hesitation. The app matches you with potential connections that share your interests and ensure a fun and friendly meet. With more than 100 millions users, you are bound to meet your ideal connection through MeetMe. The app also allows you to video chat with anyone you like for free, chat with your favorite connections, broadcast yourself and chat with people, and find new connections based on shared interests.

Zoosk Dating App

Known as one of the best dating apps in the world, Zoosk offers so much more than regular dating apps. With Personalized SmartPick, your interests and preferences are taken into consideration when matching. The Photo Verification allows users to add video selfies that ensure everyone you connect with is the same person you see in their photos. Search for connections with the help of filters like religion, body type, hobbies, age, and height.

LOVOO

Find your true love or just someone to flirt with on the LOVOO app. From its introduction in 2012, this dating app has been creating a buzz around the world. You can find your perfect match anywhere and at any time - whether you are in a train or on your morning walk. Chat with anyone you want or with people near you and connect instantly. Add photos to your profile and give yourself a better chance of finding a strong connection. There are 50 million users from over 20 different countries using LOVOO, so you're probably going to find your connection sooner rather than later with this app.

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Cool WhatsApp hacks everybody needs to know

One billion users send and receive messages with WhatsApp every day! All of them carry over 55 billion messages daily. Apparently, WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messaging apps in the world. It is mostly preferred in Malaysia, Germany, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. Worth noting that in some countries it is even #1 source of news for its users.

Sending texts, making voice and video calls, delivering images and videos are only an apparent WhatsApp potential. Using it daily, you may have noticed some of its hidden hacks. With their help, you can make your smartphone even smarter. Follow the next tips and tricks and turn your phone into a more productive piece of tech. We decided to divide them into three groups for your convenience.

1. Useful hacks.

  • Use Whatsapp with no hands

This trick is needed when you’re busy, and manual text entry is impossible. Or sometimes you’re just too bored to type. All you need to do is just say “Hey Siri” or “Ok Google”. Then you can dictate the message you want to send, and your virtual assistant will take care of it. Apple users have one more cool benefit — Siri can read their latest unread messages as well.

  • Listen to voice messages unnoticeably

There are so many situations when you get a voice message, and you just can’t listen to it. You can be either in an office or a public place without headphones, and high level of impatient curiosity is provided. Well, no suffering anymore! The next time you’re caught in such kind of situation, you take the phone to your ear. Then the built-in-speaker is activated and it would let you hear the note like you’re on a call. Wow!

  • Disable saving photos from WhatsApp to the gallery

WhatsApp usually saves images from your messaging to the phone gallery. But necessity is somewhat controversial. Later, when you face loads of useless photos in the gallery, you’ll wish to clear the space. And you become obsessed with disabling this ‘useful’ feature. In Settings> Security select Photos and disable saving photos. No more unwanted files in your gallery!

  • Find out all your chat statistics

If you are interested in the statistics of your communication, use the program WhatStat. It will show you the most popular interlocutors, your habits, the number of messages, the most "productive" time of the day and so on. Statistics from WhatsApp are displayed in the form of graphs here; the interface is intuitive and straightforward.

  • Swipe right to quote messages

Everybody has friends who send you 20 notes in a minute. And half of these messages are questions. How to avoid more confusion in such chats? Swipe right on the message you want to reply to and WhatsApp will let you quote it, giving you the reference point you need. It helps you respond to an individual text. It’s an option to select the messages you’d like to reply and ignore the other unnecessary stuff.

  • Mark prioritised messages with stars

Sometimes it is difficult to find an old message with valuable information in it. To avoid such situation, better mark meaningful messages with a star and then quickly find them whenever you need it. Go to Settings and select Starred Messages to refresh your memory.

2. Privacy hacks.

  • Hide your status and stay incognito

The status "was online" shows when you opened WhatsApp the last time. If you want to stay secret or even hide from someone, then this feature can be turned off. Possibly, you want to hide from your 80-years old aunt who wants to invite you to spend a weekend together, or maybe you are just tired of seeing the recent photos of friend’s dog. This option exactly what you always needed. For iPhone users, everything is a piece of cake. Open Settings> Chat settings> Advanced and disable "Last time online".

On Android, everything is a bit complicated; you can not turn off the service from the program itself. To do this, you will have to use programs like "Hide WhatsApp Status". This program will turn off Wi-Fi and mobile Internet when you open WhatsApp. When you minimize the program, the data transfer resumes and all WhatsApp data is synchronized, and outgoing messages are sent to the server.

  • Protect your profile picture

Anyone who gets your phone number can see your WhatsApp profile picture Not a pleasant thing indeed. To protect your security and save your appearance in secret, you can change some settings. You need to do:

  1. Settings > Account > Privacy

  2. Change your setting from Everybody to My Contacts

If you don’t want somebody you know to see your display picture, simply use this hack.

  • Deleting messages on WhatsApp

“Hey, dude! What are your plans for this weekend?” - Accidentally you sent that to your boss. To avoid misunderstanding and not to spend your rest days with the boss, just make sure your chief won’t get the message. To make everything right, hold down the message, and select Delete For Everyone. Warning: you can only use this feature within seven minutes of sending a message. This action, of course, is not full proof. There are few third-party apps such as social notification history, that can reincarnate deleted messages and make them visible for your addressee.

  • Hiding a chat on WhatsApp

Some conversations are not welcome in your recent messages, the reasons for it may vary. Maybe you don’t want your girlfriend to find out, that you are chatting with your ex or your friends’ chat group draw your attention away from preparing for exams. There’s a way just not to see a particular chat for a while. And you do not have to delete it forever. To hide a conversation, swipe right on it and press the ‘Archive’ option that shows up. You can later locate this chat quickly by just going back to your Archived messages. To move the contact back to your recent chats requires unarchiving or merely sending the person a message.

3. Creative hacks.

  • Make different fonts on WhatsApp

It is a neat trick, that helps you to convey the tone of your message. Here’s how to start using different fonts:

  1. Bold: Enter your text between two asterisks (*).

  2. Italics: Enter your text between two underscores (_).

  3. Typewriter: Enter your text between ` ` ` on either side. To find this symbol, press down on the single inverted comma and pick the last symbol on the left.

  4. Strikethrough: Enter text between two tildes (~).

Make your friends surprised and feel yourself more creative just writing your WhatsApp messages.

  • Use WhatsApp to convert videos into GIFs

No need to use any other tools to convert your videos to GIFs as long as you have WhatsApp. Just follow the instruction below:

  1. Go to any chat to send a video.

  2. When the needed on is selected from your library, it will be opened the video-editing window.

  3. Now you can crop the video length to five seconds and switch then the icon on the right from video to GIF.

  • Add effects to your images

In WhatsApp, you can change pictures by adding text, emojis or scribbling on them before you send them to somebody. To do it follow the next steps:

  1. Open a chat, send a picture, select the needed from your gallery, and the editing window will open up.

  2. Use effects and image editing tools from the list.

This hack is also helpful when you want to pinpoint something in the screenshot by circling or underlining it.

  • Creating your notes on the app

Keep writing notes to yourself, or jot down ideas for later even in WhatsApp. First, make a group with somebody. Then remove the person from the group, this is how you will become its sole member. You can post notes, pictures of something you’d like to remember or any recording on the group. Thus, everything you need to get back to is in a protected place, and you don’t have to keep switching between different apps.

WhatsApp has a sufficient quantity of hacks that are worth learning. And it is also updating all the time. Don’t miss new cool hacks and tricks and use it with pleasure.  

 

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Sharing Video Outside Snapchat: Now Possible!

Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia mobile app with an audience that is limited to young people owing to its sophisticated interface. This is one of the major reasons behind others preferring Instagram over Snapchat.

However, there will soon be an update which is sure to make Snapchat all the more enticing. The app on 6th February 2018 announced that it is going to allow the sharing of its public content across other social media platforms. It means one will be able to share the content outside the app. Once this update rolls out, the users will be able to share the links of their own videos or other videos from the app on different social media platforms. Once clicked, these link will open the video on a player that will be hosted on the website of Snapchat.

Hopefully, the new feature will elevate the experience of using the Snapchat app by several notches and help it bag more users. Currently, both Facebook and Instagram allow the sharing of content outside their apps. The same can be verified by the fact that one gets to see more Instagram photos online as compared to the Snapchat screenshots. 

Once the Snapchat app will make this feature available for others, it will join the league of other apps and services which are in the business of what is popularly called ‘Viral Videos.’
Though the feature may attract plenty more users towards the app, it could compromise on its uniqueness which is ‘self-erasability.’ Addressing to the same issue, the company mentioned that the outside link will be treated in the same way as public videos inside the app. These outside videos will be erased automatically after few weeks (in case if the users don’t delete them on their own). Official Stories from either public figures or celebrities will remain visible for the span of 24 hours.

Though initially, Snapchat has not included any advertising in videos shared on different social platforms, it has also not ruled out this possibility. As of the now, the feature is available for users who have redesigned the Snapchat app. It will soon be available for others.

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WhatsApp Drops Support for BlackBerry & Windows Phone

WhatsApp is a popular instant messaging app and living without it is easier said than done. However, if you have a phone that is powered by BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows 8.0, it’s time to either imagine a life without WhatsApp or consider upgrading your phone. This is so because WhatsApp is now no longer supporting these operating systems owing to the fact that quite a small number of people are using them. 

Other than the aforementioned operating systems and smartphones, the instant messaging app has also indicated other operating systems that will lose the support next. In this category, there is Nokia S40 which won’t see any WhatsApp from December 31, 2018. Next in the line are phones or smart devices that are still on Android 2.3.7. These mobile devices have until February 1, 2020. People who have devices powered by these operating systems can neither create new WhatsApp accounts nor re-verify their existing ones. The app’s continuation to work on these older operating systems is just a buffer for their users to upgrade. 

WhatsApp is Just an Upgrade Away

It is quite interesting to note that approximately 99.6% of new smartphones are powered by Android and iOS. Also, 9 out of every 10 smartphones have Android as their operating systems. As per the insights and facts, one can see that phones and devices that are supported by Windows and BlackBerry hardly stand a chance to breathe in the market let alone getting support from some of the widely used apps.

And this is not the first time that WhatsApp has announced such a step. It has previously stopped the support for Android 2.3.3, iOS 6, Windows 7 Phone, and phones that are powered by Nokia Symbian S60.

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