One of my favourite WhatsApp features is the ability to share your location, telling a friend where you are has never been easier. Once the location has been received you can simply jump into the maps app by clicking on the location so received, and get directions. This worked very well before iOS 6, and Apple’s infamous Maps app came along. As things stand, while there is a Google Maps app for the iPhone, but clicking on the view location in WhatsApp only lets you navigate using Apple Maps – which is pretty much pointless.
Fortunately there is a workaround and you can indeed use Google Maps in conduction with WhatsApp. Once you have received the location simply long-press and choose copy.
Now open Google Maps and paste the location you’ve copied into the search bar, in the end will be the exact latitude and longitude. Leave that and delete all the other text in the link. Now simply hit search.
Voila the location will pop-up and now you can use Google Maps to navigate to the destination. In the future I’m hoping WhatsApp will make utilising Google Maps over Apple Maps seamless, till then there’s this workaround.
The one key app that was missing from the Windows Phone repertoire was the ever popular cross platform messaging client WhatsApp. WhatsApp is already available on BlackBerry, iPhone, Symbian and Android based devices and packs in the ability to share photos, location, video and audio.
Earlier today, the official @WhatsApp twitter account sent out the above cryptic tweet that all but confirms that the application will soon be making its way onto Windows Phone Mango.
The Mango release of Windows Phone unlocks the necessary developer APIs required for WhatApp to work and judging by the tweet, the official launch cannot be very far. Nokia for one has been investing a huge amount of money promoting WhatApp and it would have been odd if its newer (Windows) phones didn’t support that application.
WhatsApp is great, it lets you chat, share pictures, audio, emoticons and location to fellow WhatsApp’ers for free. All you need is a simple data plan. What’s even better is the way it works, you do not need to add people to your friend list, if they are in your phonebook and use WhatsApp, they will automatically show up in your friend list. You can even have group chats if you want.
Compare that to BlackBerry’s BBM (BlackBerry Messenger). You pay a pretty penny just to get it work, no web browsing included. Then you go looking for people’s BBM PIN’s to actually add them to your messenger and the BBM pins being the eight character hexadecimal identification numbers that they are, are virtually impossible to recall.
So what Nokia is saying is that they might not have BBM, but they have the multi-platform WhatsApp, that’s in addition to Symbian, is available on Android, iPhone and even BlackBerry so you can chat all you want with all your friends irrespective of the smartphone they use.
WhatsApp is a cross platform app that allows you to exchange messages with your friends and contacts using a data connection (or WIFI) in the same way as SMS. Additionally you can also send multimedia files and share your location from within the app. The best thing about the way it works is that you do not need to add people to your friend list, if they are in your phonebook and use WhatsApp, they will automatically show up in your friend list.
Until today, the Symbian version did not support multimedia or location sharing and you were restricted to plain texts, but that’s changed with the new 2.2.21 update that available directly from the WhatsApp website. While WhatsApp is available from the Ovi Store, it still has the old version and unfortunately Ovi Store doesn’t support app updates yet.
As you can see, the ability share pictures, video and audio is all there. The nice thing is that the shared location can be opened in Ovi Maps and you can directly start navigating.
The new version also has tabs for chats, your favourite contacts and finally all the contacts in your phonebook. The first year usage of WhatsApp is free, I recommend you give it a go.