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WhatsApp beta for Android gets a Holo redesign

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WhatsApp beta for Android gets a Holo redesign
WhatsApp is one of the more popular cross-platform messaging apps, despite possible troubles with privacy laws, but anyone who has used the app knows that the UI is in desperate need of an upgrade. Luckily, it looks like just such an upgrade is on the horizon as WhatsApp beta for Android has gotten a very nice Holo-themed redesign, and adventurous Android users can grab it now if they want.

WhatsApp has been one of those sad apps where the UI was essentially ported from iOS, and hasn't taken advantage of the Android design language, but that is all about to change. The beta has gone with a full Holo-theme redesign, and we have to say that it looks quite good. 

WhatsApp is currently free for one year, and 99 cents per year after that. If you've already paid, you won't have to pay again for using the beta version. As of right now, the new redesign is not in the Play Store, so if you want to try it out, you'll have to sideload it from the WhatsApp website.

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posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:09 7

1. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Too many mainstream apps on Android look crap, we need more redesigns into the new design language.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:20 13

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

The Holo theme is just so good looking.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:04 7

3. SleepingOz (unregistered)

HOLO is the best looking ui among all platform, imho.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 14:10 2

4. elirev4 (Posts: 14; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)

Looks fantastic!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 14:27

5. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)


posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:18 1

6. dynamo.one (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

new whatsapp looks good...but i gotta try it first..

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 01:20 3

7. jameshoe (unregistered)

Feel more Android style

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 04:28 1

8. gravestone (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Dec 2012)

Awesome new look... I love it...

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 07:33

9. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Holo is one good style... simple and minimalistic and pleasing to the eye... Good thing whatsapp followed this design.... :)

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 09:17

10. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

I think it could look a little better than that.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 11:51

11. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

Perfect. It takes on Androids design cues with the sharp edges. More modern

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 05:30

12. napsterO6 (Posts: 18; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

there is one more Messenger like what's app its called Hike..
its has better design that What's app n more emojis....

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 15:31

13. Klamba92 (Posts: 210; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

Had this for a few days now and this is so so much better and cleaner than the before. Now just waiting on the the jelly bean expandable actionable notifications

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