Annoyed by the new look of WhatsApp that has also arrived to us? You're not alone

Have you opened the WhatsApp application and the screen looks green as ever? You are not alone: this is part of the new design of Meta's messaging app, which claims that it chose the green color from a palette of 36 shades, which it found the most convenient and suitable. But this green look is not only uncomfortable for the eyes, and does not create a proper contrast between the text and the background, but many are convinced that it is simple – like skin.

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Thousands of surfers around the world complained on social platforms about the different and rather daunting appearance. WhatsApp, which is in no hurry to respond to developments, once again did not respond to the complaints, but hastened to gradually remove the background for some users. It is not yet clear whether this is an experimental balloon, and whether the green background will disappear again for those who are stuck with it, or whether it will become the lot of us all soon. Be that as it may, the design change is part of the dramatic changes planned by the messaging app, with the aim of returning one epic dose to the competitors who are blowing in the back of their necks.

As you may remember, we already announced in March that WhatsApp is being upgraded and will soon allow you to send and receive messages from other apps as well: WhatsApp beta 2 users in Europe can already try out the updated messaging software and messages that are also sent from Instagram, Messenger, Signal and SMS. At this point it appears that the application will not allow messages from Telegram, possibly due to security requirements.

הפיצ'ר החדש בוואטסאפ (צילום: מתוך הבלוג הרשמי של החברה)
The new feature in WhatsApp (photo: from the company's official blog)

The move is part of the EU's Digital Markets Act which came into force this week on Wednesday. Companies like Meta are required by the new regulation to open up their products to competitors. Accordingly, this week Apple was fined the highest amount imposed on a technology company – 1.84 billion euros, as a punishment for preventing its customers from signing up for Spotify and other streaming services outside of its app store, while charging a 30% fee for each such request.

At this point the new feature is available to EU users, but will probably spread to other users around the world as well. The move means you can view messages sent from other apps, even if they don't have them on your phone. The mutual messaging systems must maintain end-to-end encryption. In this aspect, the other messaging apps from Meta – Instagram and Facebook Messenger, will not be an obstacle and they have probably adapted themselves to WhatsApp's encryption.

וואטסאפ מגיעה לטאבלטים (צילום: צילום מסך מתוך Wabetainfo)
WhatsApp comes to tablets (photo: screenshot from Wabetainfo)

However, external applications such as Signal (which is admittedly less popular in Israel) and iMessage – the iPhone's SMS software, will also have to adapt the encryption codes to those of WhatsApp. Meanwhile, last September it was reported that Meta is testing the WhatsApp version for iPads: from the first screenshots that were released to the network, the connection to the iPad version is similar to connecting to WhatsApp on the computer.

It is carried out by scanning a QR code, after which the WhatsApp application is directly connected to the personal account with its size adapted to the screen of the Apple tablet, without the need to connect again. WhatsApp's iPad application is expected to include all the familiar features, including the option of phone or video calls. And if you also got the new green design of WhatsApp – what do you think? Write to us in the comments!


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