WhatsApp for Android now fully employs Material Design; Holo, begone!

WhatsApp for Android now fully employs Material Design; Holo, begone!
Roughly a month ago, we reported that the Android version of WhatsApp, one of the more (if not the most) popular messaging services out there, got its first taste of Google's Material Design. Unfortunately, the update in question (2.12.34) was not initially available for all users straight out of the Play Store. What's more, there were still certain aspects of the interface that refused to get rid of the boring, yet well-known Holo design.

All of these are a thing of the past now, as version 2.12.84 of the app now officially allows each and every WhatsApp user with a 'Droid handset to experience the refreshed design of the messenger app. It's streamlined and a bit more organized than the very first version that commanded the refreshed looks. Unfortunately, it still comes with a few archaic Gingerbread icons here or there. 

Luckily, a new beta version of the WhatsApp (2.12.87) polishes the user interface and gets rid of these. It also extends the reach of Material Design even further by overhauling the in-call interface, putting a subtler wallpaper in chat conversations, and now even supports the new diverse iOS emojis that arrived with the latest rendition of Apple's mobile OS.

You can get the latest official version (2.12.84) from the link right below; for the more refined beta (2.12.87), go here.

Download: WhatsApp (Android)



1. Saioofi

Posts: 348; Member since: May 23, 2014

Hope whatsapp remembers iOS and changes its design too

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2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Wouldn't call that calling interface as 'Material' UI tho. Overall a welcome step at the right direction.

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

What amaze me was when i read the review of the latest update, a lot people complain about new design and ask why they “suddenly” change the UI which make Whatsapp design same with other apps. I understand not everyone is is tech savvy but.... somehow this irritate me.

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I find those comments rather amusing, actually

4. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Is it only in India or what that the three dots for the settings menu(which we can see in the first screen) was completely vanished in the new update..!!!

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

No... I'm using updated version with three dot menu in India

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Good, IMO Holo was one of worst designed UI ever.

9. Blazers

Posts: 782; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I agree. I remember at the time how all the fanboys crowed about how beautiful it was lol. Holo design was the reason I stayed with TW back then....I couldn't stand the look.

11. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol, so when the next major design is released, Material will also become one of the worst designed UIs as well?

7. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Looking pretty good, quite smooth too.

12. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I hate round avatars though.

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