WhatsApp to add end-to-end encryption, Facebook integration in its next update, leaked screenshots reveal.
WhatsApp to add end-to-end encryption, Facebook integration in its next update, leaked screenshots reveal.Wikipedia

WhatsApp is working on making your chats more secure with default end-to-end encryption. The world's largest cross-platform messaging application is also bringing deeper Facebook integration for a better user experience on the world's largest social networking platform. These changes will be available in an upcoming update, which is currently in beta stage.

The information comes from a credible source, Android developer Javier Santos, who shared screenshots of WhatsApp's upcoming features on his Google+ page last Thursday. The leaked screenshots on Santos' Google+ page are from WhatsApp Android version 2.12.413, while the app's current build on Google Play Store is 2.12.367.

The leaked screenshot of WhatsApp's Settings menu on the version 2.12.413 reveals both chats and calls will have end-to-end encryption, which prevents third parties as well as WhatsApp to read the data. With this feature, WhatsApp might be looking to attract Telegram users who currently have the private chat mode to prevent any snooping activities.

WhatsApp to add end-to-end encryption, Facebook integration in next update
Leaked screenshot of WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption on Android version 2.12.413.Google / Javier Santos

Santos also shared few screenshots in which WhatsApp and Facebook integration is spotted. As per the leaked images, the optional feature will share WhatsApp account information with Facebook in order to improve Facebook experiences.

WhatsApp to add end-to-end encryption, Facebook integration in next update
Leaked screenshots show Facebook's integration into WhatsApp.Google / Javier Santos

The latest update comes shortly after WhatsApp scraped its annual fee subscription to all the users around the world. The company has revealed that it will not sell third-party ads on the platform, but test new ways to allow users to communicate with businesses and organisations from within WhatsApp.

Recent rumours have also pointed towards a new video-calling feature for WhatsApp, which would complete it as a true communication app for chats and video and voice calls. The company's integration of voice calling feature was received with great hype before it was rolled out, but the feature lost its appeal after it was widely available.

WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook for $19 billion last year and it will be the first time ever since that Facebook will integrate with the messaging application.