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Wear gets even greater. Photo: Google

Wear gets even greater. Photo: Google

A major Android Wear upgrade adds support for making and receiving phone calls on compatible devices, new gestures, and the ability to use your voice to send messages with a long list of third-party apps.

WhatsApp and Gmail had a big day today. Photo: Jay Wennington/Unsplash

WhatsApp and Gmail had a big day today. Photo: Jay Wennington/Unsplash

If you think everyone and their sister has a Gmail account or uses WhatsApp these days, you wouldn’t be too far off.

Both tech giants, one a messaging app, the other an email service, have hit some serious milestones today.

New features found in the latest WhatsApp beta. Screenshots: Javier Santos

New features found in the latest WhatsApp beta. Screenshots: Javier Santos

WhatsApp made millions of smartphone users happy with week when it announced it will be ditching its annual subscription fee, but its next move might not be so popular.

According to a hidden option found in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android, the service is planning to share user data with Facebook “to improve [your] Facebook experiences.”

Is $1 per year too much? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Is $1 per year too much? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

WhatsApp will ditch the service’s annual subscription fees, after founder Jan Koum admitted that the $1 per year payment concept “doesn’t work that well.”

As a result of ditching the payment model, Koum explained that WhatsApp will be looking at new ways that businesses can use the service to connect with individual users, although it’s important that this is done without spamming people with ads. He noted that, “We haven’t written a single line of code yet” for the new service.

The latest WhatsApp beta is available now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

The latest WhatsApp beta is available now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

When you get a WhatsApp message you know you’ll need to find later, you either have to copy and paste it into a note or screenshot it to avoid having to search for it later. But not anymore.

The latest WhatsApp beta for Android lets you star important messages to make them easy to access at any time — and you can download the APK now to make the update early.

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