WhatsApp for Android Now Shows End-to-End Encryption Notification, and More
WhatsApp is indeed working on giving its user base peace of mind. The latest build of WhatsApp for Android dubbed 2.12.500 comes with a number of features including showing users whether their messages are end-to-end encrypted, and it is also finally collapsing long messages.
The extremely popular instant messaging client was seemingly testing an option in January which allowed users to add an indicator to let them be aware whether their chats are encrypted. While indicator isn't precisely the same, the latest build of the messaging client, available to download via the company's site and the Google Play beta testing program, does bestow users with the following message, "messages you send to this chat are now end-to-end encrypted."
Additionally, users are also shown a similar message when sending a text message to a group. The feature is reportedly also working for users on version between 2.12.493 and 2.12.500. For it to work, people on the recipient side are also likely to be on the latest build. WhatsApp's iOS client doesn't have this feature just yet.
The highlight is certainly the end-to-end encryption message. To recall, in 2014, WhatsApp had partnered with Open Whisper Systems, a non-profit software group that develops collaborative open source projects to scramble messages with a cryptographic key to bolster privacy. In the same year, Open Whisper Systems noted that the end-to-end encryption had been implemented on WhatsApp's Android client