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Sunday, 18 February 2018

SSCE Frequently Asked Questions

The Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) is the final examination written by students in Nigerian secondary schools at the end of their six years education in secondary school. The SSCE is important for two major reasons.

First, the SSCE is a required examination before the award of the senior secondary school certificate.  Also, the SSCE is mandatory for admission into any Nigerian University, Polytechnic, Mono-technic and College of education.

The SSCE is conducted by two different examination boards: the West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB)
and the National Examination Council (NECO). Students have the choice of either writing the two exams WAEC and NECO or just one of them. 

What are the differences between the WAEC and NECO exams?
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) is responsible for conducting the senior secondary school examination (SSCE) in several West African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WAEC conducts two major examinations in Nigeria.

First, WAEC conducts the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for senior secondary school students.  The WASSCE is intended for students writing their final examination in senior secondary school three (SS3). The WASSCE examination is held every year in May and June.

The second exam conducted by WAEC is the Private Candidate Examination often referred to as the General Certificate Examination (GCE). The GCE is held every year in November and December. The GCE is open to anyone who is interested in doing this examination.

The National Examination Council (NECO) is the Nigerian examination board responsible for conducting the SSCE for senior secondary school students. NECO was established by the Nigerian government as an alternative to WAEC. NECO conducts SSCE examinations only in Nigeria.

NECO conducts two examinations in Nigeria. The first is the NECO senior secondary school certificate examination (SSCE) which is held in June and July. The NECO SSCE is intended for students in the sixth year of their secondary school education (SS3).

The second examination conducted by NECO is the external SSCE examination which is held in November and December.  The second examination is open to anyone who is interested and the NECO equivalent of the GCE. 

Am I qualified to sit the NECO or WAEC exam?
The qualification requirements for WAEC and NECO are basically the same. The May/June SSCE organized by WAEC and the June/July SSCE organized by NECO are available for students who are in their third year of senior secondary school often referred to as SS3.

The SSCE is the final examination for secondary school students after six years in school and is required to be awarded the secondary school certificates.

How do I register for the SSCE?
For the May/June SSCE, students can register at their secondary schools for a fixed amount set by the WAEC. Similarly, for the June/July SSCE students can register for the examination at their secondary schools for a fixed amount set by NECO.

It is important to note, that only registered and accredited secondary schools are allowed to register candidates for SSCE. All government-owned secondary schools in Nigeria are allowed to register candidates for SSCE.

Also, some private secondary schools are approved to register candidates for SSCE. If you’re planning to write your SSCE in a private secondary school ensure that your school is approved by the government to register candidates for SSCE.


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What subjects can I choose in the SSCE?
The current SSCE curriculum requires students to take a total of 8-9 subjects. Subjects have to be chosen in the following manner:
  • English Language, General Mathematics and Civic Education are mandatory
  • A minimum of three and a maximum of four subjects have to be chosen from the students preferred field of study (Sciences & Mathematics, Technology, Humanities or Business Studies)
  • At least one trade subject has to be chosen
  • The remaining subjects may be chosen either from a different field of study or the trade category
      
Mandatory Subjects
English Language Genera lMathematics Civic-Education
Sciences & Mathematics
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Further Mathematics
Agriculture
Physical Education
Health Education
ICT
Technology
Technical Drawing
General Metal WorkBasic Electricity
Electronics
Auto-Mechanics
Building Construction
Wood-Work
Home Management
Foods & Nutrition
Clothing & Textiles
Humanities
Nigerian Languages
Lit-in-English
Geography
Government
C.R.S.
Islamic Studies
History
Visual Arts
Music
French
Arabic
Economics
Business Studies
Accounting
Store Management
Office Practice
Insurance
Commerce
Trade Subjects
Auto Body repair and spray painting
Auto Electrical work
Auto Mechanical work
Auto Parts merchandising
Air Conditioning
Welding & fabrication Engineering Craft Practice
Electrical Installation and Maintenance Work
Radio, TV and electrical work
Block Laying, Brick Laying and Concrete Work
Painting and Decoration
Plumbing and pipe fitting
Machine woodworking
Carpentry and Joinery
Furniture Making
Upholstery
Catering and Craft Practice
Garment Making
Textile Trade
Dying and Bleaching
Printing Craft Practice
Cosmetology
Leather Goods Manufacturing and Repair
Keyboarding
Data Processing
Store Keeping
Book Keeping
GSM maintenance
Photography
Tourism
Mining
Animal Husbandry
Fisheries
Marketing
Salesmanship




Trade Subjects



How is the SSCE structured?
The WAEC SSCE and the NECO SSCE have a very similar format.
The SSCE has two major sections for most subjects – objective questions and theory. The objective questions section is made up of a series of multiple choice questions which give you several answer options. You will be expected to tick the appropriate answer as it relates to the questions.
The theory section is made up of questions where no answer options have been provided. You will be expected to come up with your own solution. For English language, Literature in English, and science related subjects such as Biology, Physics, and Chemistry the examination may have more than two segments. You will be informed about the exact structure before the start of the exam.
 
How will I be graded?
WAEC and NECO use a similar grading system to determine student score after marking their examination scripts. The maximum score or mark for each subject is 100%. The following grading system will indicate students’ score for each subject when the results are released:
A1 - Excellent - 95 - 100%
B2 - Very Good - 80% - 94%
B3 - Good - 65%- 79%
C4 - Credit - 60% - 64%
C5 - Credit - 55% - 59%
C6 - Credit - 50% - 54%
D7 - Pass - 45% - 49%
E8 - Pass - 40% - 44%
F9 - Fail - 0% - 39%
Students are expected to score at least 5 credits which must include English Language, Mathematics and one science based subject to be considered successful in SSCE.

What can I do to prepare?
In order to prepare well it is important that you familiarise yourself with the SSCE syllabus. At Expy Multimedia we have collected the relevant syllabi for you. Please click on the button below to acces them. Click Here


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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Requirements For 2018 NYSC Mobilization

The National Youth Service Corps has released the requirements 2018 NYSC mobilization registration to all prospective corps members.

The On-line registration portal will be opened from Monday 17th April to Thursday 4th May, 2018 for registration towards the 2018 Batch ‘A’ mobilization process.

In order to ensure an easy and non-tedious registration, prospective corps members are to note the following for strict compliance:

1. The Website address is any of the following:
www.nysc.gov.ng
www.nysc.org.ng
www.portal.nysc.org.ng


2. Prospective Corps members should ensure that they have functional e-mail addresses that they can access easily and Nigerian (GSM) telephone numbers with which to register.

3. Locally trained prospective Corps members are expected to use their correct Matriculation numbers to register.

4. For locally-trained graduates, only those whose names appear in the Senate/Academic Board Approved Result lists submitted by their Institutions will have access to the register on the NYSC portal on the 17th.

5. Foreign-trained prospective corps members should ensure that their Institutions are accredited. Where in doubt, it is their responsibility to approach Federal Ministry of Education for verification. The letter of verification must be uploaded during registration.

6. Those who graduated from Institutions outside Nigeria, (Foreign-trained graduates), are to visit the NYSC portal, register and upload the following documents:
  • West African School Certificate(WASC) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent; or General Certificate of Education (GCE O’ Level) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent; or NECO (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent; or High School Diploma or its equivalent.
  • First Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) Certificate (Second Degree or Ph.D not necessary).
    Transcript of the first Degree or HND.

  • International travelling Passport showing data page and date of departure for the course of study.
7. It is the responsibility of the prospective corps members who studied in non-English speaking countries to get their Certificates and Transcripts translated into English language before uploading.

8. All graduates of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Physiotheraphy, Radiology, Optometry, Medical Laboratory Science and Pharmacy are expected to have their Certificates of Registration with their professional bodies. Payment receipts are not acceptable.

9. Unlike in the past, Foreign-trained graduates should NOT visit NYSC Headquarters, Abuja for verification of their documents.

This exercise will now be done at the Orientation Camps. They should simply print their call-up letters on-line and report at the Orientation camps in their States of deployment, but should come to the camp with the original documents they uploaded for verification.

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Nigeria Police Recruitment 2018

Nigeria Police Recruitment 2018 The need by the present leadership of The Nigeria Police to reposition the Force through capacity building calls for the recruitment of Police Officers of lower cadre into the Nigeria Police Force.

In order to align with International standard and best practices and the United Nation Standard of Policing, the Force needs and is recruiting virile and dynamic police officers for better service delivery and mitigating emerging security challenges.

To this end, the goal of The Nigeria Police Force is to ensure the safety of lives and property of the Nigeria citizens and make Nigeria safer and more secured for economic development and growth.
The Nigeria Police Force invites applications from suitably qualified Nigerians for enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force as:
Job Position: Police Constable (Recruits)Location: NationwideRequirements
Applicants must have passion for a career in the Nigeria Police Force and must satisfy the following general requirements:
  • Nationality: Be a Nigerian citizen by birth and possess National Identity Number (NIN).
  • Age: Must not be less than 18 years of age or more than 25 years of age.
  • Education: Must have an O Level certificate at least five credits level passes including Mathematics and English Language in not more than two sittings in WASSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB.
  • Pregnancy: Must not be pregnant at the time of Recruitment.
  • Financial Status: Must be free from any pecuniary embarrassment.
  • Guarantors Form: Must download and fill the Guarantors’ Form, presenting verifiable references from any two (2) of the following: Traditional Rulers, Magistrate, Local Government Chairman, Heads of Educational Institutions attended, Career Civil Servant not below the rank of Grade Level 12, Police Officer not below the rank of CSP, or Military Officer not below the rank of Lieutenant colonel Possession of a valid National Drivers’ License is an added advantage.
  • Character: Must be of good character and must not have been convicted of any criminal offence.
  • Height: Must not be less than 1.67 meters in height for men and 1.64 meters for women.
  • Chest Measurement: Must not have less than 86 cm (34 inches) expanded chest measurement (for men only).
  • Physical Features: Must not have any one of the following abnormalities or deformities: Speech impediment Knock Knees, Bow Legs, Bent Knees, Flat Feet, Deformed Hands which cannot perform the full functions of the hand, Tattoos, Bodily Scar, Defective Eyesight or Squint Eyes, Amputation of any part of the body, Gross Malformation of teeth, Protruding Navel.
  • Note: All candidates must undergo medical examination before final selection.
Eligibility
  • Applicants must print their completed online forms, guarantor form and submit it at the examination / screening and recruitment centre.
  • All applicants MUST have readily available scanned copy of their:
    • SSCE/GCE/NABTEB/NECO Result
    • NIN (National Identification Number)
    • Birth Certificate Result
    • FSLC Result
    • LGA Certificate
    • Passport Photograph

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  • All applications must be submitted “Online”.
  • You “Must” have a functional Email Address and Mobile Phone Number before you begin your application;
  • Fill and “Submit” the Online Form. (Review the information before final submission).
  • Ensure that you print out the information that is sent automatically to your e-mail, and do not forget to copy and save your “Registration Number” for future correspondences. The “Number” is case sensitive please.
  • You would be required to present a hardcopy of email message sent to you if you are shortlisted and contacted for the next stage of the recruitment process.
  • The recruitment exercise is absolutely free
Warning!
  • No email and/or phone number can be used more than once in this application.
  • Applicants with multiple applications would be disqualified.
  • The Nigeria Police Force shall not enter into any correspondences with candidates or on behalf of candidates in this exercise aside this portal or candidates emails/telephones.
Application Closes on 21st March, 2018.
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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Whatsapp Business App Now Available In Nigeria

Messaging app Whatsapp has finally rolled out its new Whatsapp Business app in Nigeria. The app which is currently available for Android, is now available for Nigerians to download via the Google Play store.

It is compatible with devices running Android 4.0.3 and above. A version with similar features is also expected to be available for iOS devices (iPhone) in the coming future.

WhatsApp had previously 
announced the app’s arrival and begun verifying business accounts as part of its WhatsApp Business pilot program back in September 2017. Before now, the company has been testing the beta version of Whatsapp Business in select countries which include US, UK, Italy, Indonesia, and Mexico.

Targeted at small businesses, the WhatsApp for Business app allows business owners to connect with their customers and be a part of the messaging platform that has over 1.3 billion users worldwide. Unlike the original WhatsApp app, the business-centric offering allows businesses to create their own Whatsapp business profiles with information such as business description, email, or store addresses, and website. 

The app also has features that include whatsapp verified business account listing, labels – for sorting contacts, messaging tools such as quick replies, greeting messages and away messages. Further, there are metrics such as the number of messages sent, delivered, read and WhatsApp Web support to let businesses send and receive messages directly through a computer.

In terms of some major similarities with the original WhatsApp Messenger, the WhatsApp Business app allows businesses to set privacy for their profile photo, about information, and status as well as lets them block any of their contacts and enable read receipts. The app also has a live location feature that helps companies share their live location with their clients and customers.

It addition, the whatsapp business mobile application allows businesses to make voice and video calls. Notably, the app offers end-to-end encryption for all the messages and calls it circulates to restrict any third-party access.

Customers won’t need to install new apps as messages sent from WhatsApp Business will be received on WhatsApp Messenger as usual.

While several early users of Whatsapp business app in Nigeria said they were impressed, they observed that several important features that small businesses need are still missing such as receiving payments and the possibility of finding potential customers. Well, let’s hope they roll out those features in the nearest future.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

JAMB extends deadline for registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced the extension of registration for 2018 UTME till February 11, 2018.

The spokesperson of the board, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in a press statement on Tuesday evening.

The board had said in December that the sale of form and registration for all candidates including those from foreign countries will hold from December 6, 2017 to February 6, 2018.

“JAMB as a responsive organisation has taken the decision albeit with great hesitation to accommodate candidates who failed to register between the two months window period that ended at midnight of Tuesday, 6th February, 2018,” Mr. Benjamin said

The agency, however, said such extensions in future may involve some penalty.

“The failure of these candidates to register is unfortunate and the Board hastens to add that this culture of impunity will not be tolerated and indeed penalty may be imposed for late registration in future.

“Candidates are therefore strongly advised to take advantage of the extension to register as request for further extension would not be entertained,” the spokesperson said.

“For emphasis, 2018 UTME registration now closes at midnight of Sunday, 11th February, 2018.”

The board, however, said registration for direct entry candidates continues.

The board had also proposed March 9 to 17 as the date for the examination.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, is a Nigerian entrance examination board for tertiary institutions.

The board is charged with the responsibility to administer similar examinations for applicants to Nigerian public and private universities, monotechnics, polytechnics and colleges of education. All of these candidates must have obtained the West Africa School Certificate, now West Africa Examinations Council, WAEC, or its equivalent, National Examination Council, NECO.
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Friday, 2 February 2018

Google Removed Over 700,000 Bad Apps, 100,000 Developers From Play Store in 2017

Highlights

  • Over 250,000 apps impersonating big titles were removed
  • Google also removed apps with inappropriate content
  • Malware apps were reduced with the help of Google Play Protect
Google on Tuesday announced that Google Play in 2017 took action against "bad apps" by eliminating apps and developer accounts from the platform. The tech giant claims to have used machine learning to identify bad apps with identifiers like impersonation, inappropriate content, and malware to root out over 700,000 apps and 100,000 developers in 2017, which is a 70 percent jump from the preceding year. "In fact, 99 percent of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them," was a claim mentioned on Android Developers Blog.

Impersonation
Google, on its Android Developers Blog, states that impersonators or 'copycats' are the most common red signal for removing apps from Google Play. In 2017 alone, the Mountain View giant removed as much as 250,000 apps that were caught impersonating big titles. The impersonators carried out this practice through deceptive methods such as "confusable unicode characters or hiding impersonating app icons in a different locale."

Inappropriate Content
Much like any other Safe For Work public platform online, Google Play does not allow any kind of inappropriate content. Inappropriate content, according to the company's definition, includes pornography, extreme violence, illegal activities, and hate. Google claims that its advanced machine learning models help quickly sift through app submissions and flag them for inappropriate content. Human reviewers then jump into the scene, with tens of thousands of apps removed in the past year.

Malware
And, finally, another red flag for Google is the presence of Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs) that can cause harm to device users. Apps involved in phishing, fraud, and Trojans are part of this list. The tech giant claims PHAs are currently small in volume but research to remove them is being heavily invested in. With the launch of Google Play Protect - Google's malware scanning feature - at I/O 2017, the annual PHA installs have apparently gone down by 50 percent year on year, the company said.

"Despite the new and enhanced detection capabilities that led to a record-high takedowns of bad apps and malicious developers, we know a few still manage to evade and trick our layers of defence. We take these extremely seriously, and will continue to innovate our capabilities to better detect and protect against abusive apps and the malicious actors behind them. We are committed to make Google Play the most trusted and safe app store in the world," said Andrew Ahn, Product Manager at Google Play.

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Ogun Generates 276MW Electricity Via IPP

Abeokuta – Ogun State government on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with eight selected Independent Power Providers, IPP, to generate 286 Megawatt of electricity.

The projects christened ‘Light Up’ with total worth of $476.6 million is to be financed 100 percent by the selected companies.

Earl Grey Nigeria Ltd, situated in Ogijo in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state is to generate 8MW from natural gas; Gateway Solar Power Int’l Nig Ltd. will generate 125MW in Agbara area; Naanovo Energy Nig Ltd is to generate 5MW in Abeokuta via waste energy and Nikenando Energy Ltd generating 5-20MW in Oke-Mosan area of the state capital.

Others are Renaissance Impex Energy to power model schools in Ikenne, Ago-Iwoye and Ewekoro via 8MW solar; Sholep Energy to light the newly established Ogun State Polytechnic in Ipokia with 5MW solar; Solonic Energy to generate 100MW through solar while Tido Tech International to power the federal airport in Wasimi with 5MW solar.

Two of the companies would be generating directly to the National grid from 100MW-124MW.

Speaking at the official signing of the MoU at the Oke-Mosan governor’s office, the Consultant on Energy to the Governor, Akinsanya Fagbemi, said the idea of the projects is to end the agony of epileptic power supply in the state.

While insisting that power generation is not a rocket science, Fagbemi said the project would address every industrial area in the state adding that other residents in the areas will also benefit from the project.

On the waste to energy, the Consultant said the government would begin to buy all waste around the state for the generation of the power, saying the project will show the dexterity of the government.

The Group Managing Director of Naanovo Energy Ltd, Ben Alabi, who hinted that the project has started since July 2014 explained that research has shown that 250 tonnes of waste needed for the project is available in the state.

While assuring that the project would be delivered between 12-18 months, Alabi revealed that the project would generate no fewer than 1,000 job opportunities during the construction and 400 after the construction.
He insisted that such project would be first of its kind in the whole of Africa.

Another provider, Engr. Tonny Ojurabesa, whose the Chairman of Gateway Solar Power Limited assured that the project would be delivered within record time.

According to him, the project will offset green house emission from 33,583 passenger vehicles for one year; offset 18 million gallons of gasoline consumption and offset diesel generators with electrical power for 21, 942 homes for one year.

While speaking on behalf of the government, the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa said the state government has provided two acre of land to each of the IPP for the smooth take off of the project.
Adeoluwa said priority will be areas of need including hospitals, educational institutions adding that the formal switch will be within the next 3 months.

While assuring the providers of government commitment, Adeoluwa urged the investors to show interest in Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu-Igbo and Ota area of the state.
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Saturday, 20 January 2018

5 things you should know about Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia

The new school situated in Ipokia Local Government is registered as Ogun State Polytechnic which is the former name of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.

Ogun State government has re-established Ogun State Polytechnic to replace Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, which has been upgraded to become a University of Technology.

 

The new school situated in Ipokia Local Government Area is registered as Ogun State Polytechnic which is the former name of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state during inauguration of the new Ogun State Polytechnic in Ipokia

Ogun State Polytechnic according to the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun will begin academic operation in 2018.

So, if you are considering this school, these are five things you should know about the new Ogun State Polytechnic.


1. The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the National Board for Technical Education have approved the commencement of academic activities in the school.

2. 18 programs have been accredited by both bodies for this polytechnic as NBTE ordered the Polytechnic to start the programs with immediate effect.

Ogun state polytechnic under construction
3. Accredited courses include Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering, Building Technology, Architectural Technology, Quantity Surveying, Estate Management and Valuation and Surveying and Geo-Informatics.

Others are Urban and Regional Planning, Science Laboratory Technology, Computer Engineering, Statistics, Leisure and Tourism Management, Arts & Industrial Design, Mass Communication, Business Administration, Accountancy and Marketing

4. Meanwhile, as of Sunday, January 7, the polytechnic which is still under construction has only two blocks of one hundred seaters for lecture halls. No department or faculty block has been completed.

5. The school is will be run as multi-campus as one campus will be located at Idiroko and another at Imeko Afon.

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WhatsApp officially launches its app for businesses in select markets

Highlights
  • Meant for small businesses, the new app is available in limited regions
  • It will be rolled out globally over the course of the coming weeks
  • The app is free for now, but will be monetised in the future

WhatsApp today officially launched its new WhatsApp Business app in select markets, including Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., ahead of its planned worldwide rollout. The addition of business profiles and new messaging tools aimed at business customers is part of the company’s broader plan to generate revenue by charging larger enterprises for advanced tools to communicate with customers on the platform now used by over a billion people worldwide.

The WhatsApp Business app is the initial entry point in this market.

Aimed at smaller businesses, the free app – Android-only for now – helps companies better connect with their customers and establish an official presence on WhatsApp’s service. Essentially, it’s the WhatsApp version of a Facebook Page.

The company had previously announced the app’s arrival, and begun verifying business accounts as part of its WhatsApp Business pilot program back in September 2017. Verified accounts were given a green checkmark as a means of demonstrating their authenticity.

With the new WhatsApp Business app arriving today, small companies can set up their WhatsApp Business profiles by filling out information like a business description, email, address and website.

WhatsApp says people will know when they’re talking to a business because these accounts will be listed as “Business Accounts.” Over time, some of these will become “Confirmed Accounts,” after WhatsApp verifies the account phone number it registered with matches the business phone number.

Once established on the WhatsApp network, businesses can then use a series of tools provided by the app, like smart messaging tools that offer similar technology as what you’d find today in Facebook Messenger.

For example, the app offers “quick replies” that provide fast answers to customers’ frequently asked questions; “greeting messages” that introduce customers to the business; and “away messages,” that let customers know you’re busy.

Businesses will also be able to access messaging statistics, like number of messages read, and they can send and receive messages from the desktop via WhatsApp Web.

While businesses will need to use this new app to communicate with customers, for the general WhatsApp user, there’s no change. They’ll be able to message businesses but can control their experience by blocking numbers and businesses, as well as report spam.

In addition, businesses will only be able to contact people who provided their phone number and agreed to receive messages from the business, the company had previously said.

The Business app will later be joined by an enterprise solution aimed at large businesses with a global customer base – like airlines, e-commerce sites, and banks, WhatsApp had said last fall. It didn’t announce any news regarding this solution today, but in the past the company said it would charge for these enterprise tools. Presumably, they’ll be built on top of the current WhatsApp Business core product.

The company also indicated today how critical it is to address the needs of businesses on its service, which now reaches 1.3 billion users. According to data it cited from Morning Consult’s research, over 80 percent of small businesses in India and Brazil said that WhatsApp helps them communicate with customers and grow their businesses.

WhatsApp declined to say how many businesses are today active on its app, when asked.

At launch, the WhatsApp Business is available as a free download on Google Play in supported markets. WhatsApp didn’t offer an ETA on when the Business app would rollout to worldwide markets beyond “the coming weeks,” or when an iOS version would arrive.

However, the company did confirm to us that – while it prioritized Android after researching with businesses where WhatsApp is used prominently – it does plan to support other platforms in the future.

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