WhatsApp may be on the verge of having greater integration with Facebook. Developer Javier Santos managed to use a terminal trick to reveal a new set of options in the settings; particularly one that allows Facebook access to WhatsApp account information.
There isn’t anymore information on the deal, and it looks like the feature is not quite ready yet. However, it is a sign of the inevitable happening. WhatsApp recently announced that it would be permanently shelving its annual subscription fee, but declined to reveal how it would be monetising the service.
For now, it looks like the information sharing feature is for those who opt-in to the service. However, it is really too early to say whether this will still be the case when it actually goes live.
Security also seems to be the next big thing for WhatsApp, as it looks like there will be a toggle for security indicators. WhatsApp will encrypt all communications between its users, but the indicators will provide a little extra reassurance for security conscious users who might be worried about the status of their messages. Although, security conscious users aren’t going to be using a messaging service that also shares their account information with a social networking site.
It’s difficult to say when these changes will be implemented, but it should be relatively soon. Considering that WhatsApp will no longer try to ask people for money to keep using the service.