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WhatsApp offers interoperability with other messaging applications

With the arrival of interoperability to WhatsApp, we will be able to chat with users of other apps

With the arrival of interoperability, we will be able to send messages from WhatsApp to almost any messaging application.

Martial Triguero
By Martial Triguero

La latest WhatsApp update Not only does it speak for itself about the direction that digital communication is taking, but it also shows us a future where chatting from different platforms could be the norm, thus bypassing several limitations that we encounter today. And this has its own name: interoperability. Let's see what this really means and how it affects our WhatsApp experience.

What is interoperability and how does it affect WhatsApp?

Interoperability sounds very technical (and it is), but the idea behind it is quite simple: allow different systems (in this case, messaging apps) to communicate with each other. Think of it like when you try to make a video call with someone who has a different type of phone than you, it's not always easy or possible. With interoperability, WhatsApp seeks to eliminate these limits.

How is this implemented in practice? The key is the adoption of the Signal encryption protocol and the exchange of information through XML files. This means that, Even if you are using WhatsApp, you can send text messages, voice messages, images, videos and files to users who are in applications such as Telegram, Facebook Messenger or Signal, without them needing to have a WhatsApp account (can you imagine how useful this will be when not all your contacts use the same app).

The process behind the scenes is complex, but what you need to know is that this functionality promises to make life easier for many users. And although it may seem like something from the distant future, it is already up and running, leading us to wonder about the benefits and possible implications for the way we communicate.

Changes to terms of service and privacy policies

With the new wave of updates, WhatsApp not only improves its functionality but also adjusts its policy to the latest legal requirements of the European Union. Due to recent European regulations, the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act (DMA), WhatsApp has had to update its Terms of Service y Privacy Policy.

From now on, if you want to continue using this app in European territory, you will have to approve these new conditions from April 11. What does this imply? Well, all the changes seek to guarantee greater transparency in the processing of your data and strengthen your right to privacy.

Main changes:

  • Minimum age: The minimum age required to use the platform is adjusted, ensuring compliance with local laws.
  • Interoperability: As we mentioned before, this function will allow you to interact with users of other applications without them needing to have a WhatsApp account. (Ideal for those whose friends and family are scattered across different platforms.)
  • International data transfers: The mechanisms that guarantee the security of your data when transferred between different jurisdictions are clarified.

These adjustments not only respond to the need to adapt to new laws, but also reflect WhatsApp's commitment to maintaining the trust of its users by offering secure and private communication.

Note

Remember to review these conditions in detail to understand how your data will be treated and what new rights you can exercise under European regulations.

News in WhatsApp functionality

If you thought that interoperability was the only thing WhatsApp had under its belt, get ready because there is more. The update not only facilitates communication between different platforms, but has also given a facelift to the application's interface.

As we had noted before, the WhatsApp interface has also received an update. The navigation bar is now a sleek white and has the same four tabs: 'Chats', 'Status', 'Calls' and 'Communities', but with a more minimalist and modern style (sometimes a small change aesthetic is just what we need).

Note

If you still don't see these changes in your app, you probably need to update it from your device's app store or download the latest version from here.

Privacy and security with the arrival of interoperability

One of the points that could worry you the most about interoperability is how WhatsApp will handle our conversations and personal data. The good news is that they have thought about that. In the words of WhatsApp engineering director Dick Brouwer, “the implementation of interoperability will not compromise the security or privacy of users.”

WhatsApp will continue to use end-to-end encryption, ensuring that only you and the person you are communicating with can read what is sent. It doesn't matter if your friend is using Facebook Messenger or Telegram, privacy is still a priority.

Impact of interoperability on user experience

Simply put, interoperability could completely change the way we use messaging apps. We might not have to ask someone what platform they prefer to communicate on; You just send a message and that's it. This is not only comfortable, but also expands our possibilities for connection with others. (honestly, this could have saved me a lot of complications in the past).

On the other hand, the optionality of this feature is a great success. WhatsApp understands that not all of us want to have our conversations scattered across different applications. Therefore, if you decide not to activate interoperability, your WhatsApp experience will remain the same as always.

Technical update and availability

Okay, but how did they manage to make all this work? Well, behind the scenes, WhatsApp developers have been working with advanced information exchange protocols, like the XML files I mentioned before. In addition, the app's infrastructure has been adjusted to support this new data flow efficiently and securely.

As for availability, if you're eager to try out these new features, make sure you have your app up to date. Interoperability is rolling out gradually, so if you don't see it yet, be patient, it's coming to your device soon.

Simplification is the future

Updating WhatsApp with interoperability might seem like a small step on the long and infinite path of technology, but it is actually a giant leap for digital communication. These improvements not only make our daily interactions easier (and simpler), but also set new standards for the privacy and security of these types of apps.

Ultimately, one thing is clear: the way we communicate is evolving, and WhatsApp wants to be at the forefront of this transformation.

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