WhatsApp beta for Android finally intros document exchange and link copying

With more than a billion users now, WhatsApp, the world's most popular instant messaging platform, has slowly been turning from a barebones chat app, into a more sophisticated endeavor that is almost (but not quite) on par with the best out there in terms of features.

Just recently it added rich link previews, like on Facebook Messenger or Viber, the ability to star messages to its Android app, a bunch of Unicode emojis, and, above all, removed its funny $1 annual subscription fee. Some of these features have been in the beta versions you can download only from WhatsApp's own site first, and then, as usual, got rolled into the official app update over at the app stores.

The latest in these WhatsApp beta installments is the 2.12.489 version, which in its turn brings even more goodies to the platform. Apart from link copying (previously you had to snag the whole chat) and more granular chat clearance, with added options to delete chats older than 30 days or 6 months, you will get the the ability to send documents. 

Yep, you read that right, WhatsApp is finally getting around to doc exchange, though at the moment you can only send PDF files, and even that is seemingly no-go for iOS users, but the feature is present in the Android beta. Grab the latest 2.12.489 beta APK from the source link below, and sideload it on your Android handset if you are interested in the new goods.

source: WhatsApp (beta) via SoyaCincau



1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Much needed feature. Daft question but can someone explain how they're monetizing Whatsapp without ads or annual subscription ?

4. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Information is much more useful to Facebook so I doubt they miss they revenue generated from WhatsApp

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Only PDF???not intrested...

3. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I'm considering to uninstall whats app, telegram is my go app for messaging.

5. gecko

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 01, 2015

gif support please!!!!

6. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

What they need to do now is add a groups tap - so that users separate groups traffic from direct chat traffic. Just make that "contacts" tap groups instead - that "new chat" button on the top right does essentially the same thing as the contacts tab. I think if they don't separate group from chats, people are gonna chat less and less with their actual friends because the chat messages are being choked out by group spam. And people won't do the sensible thing through better "housekeeping" and removing useless groups. Average tech users tend to let these thing build up until the problem becomes too big and they just move to a new service altogether. Same thing happened with yahoo mail - people let the spam build up and then when it got too much, there was gmail to provide escape. Whatsapp needs to be careful of this groups thing - it could sink them over time if they don't nip it in the bud.

8. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

No biggie. Had this feature on Telegram from day one. Telegram is still the best instant messaging client that I have come across.

9. teloji

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

it is very good

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