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

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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)

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posted on 15 May 2015, 03:10 1

1. Saioofi (Posts: 286; Member since: 23 May 2014)

Hope whatsapp remembers iOS and changes its design too

posted on 15 May 2015, 09:56

8. waddup121 (unregistered)


posted on 15 May 2015, 03:23 1

2. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 15 May 2015, 03:24

3. Arthurhkt (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Apr 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.

posted on 16 May 2015, 04:32

10. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

I find those comments rather amusing, actually

posted on 15 May 2015, 03:39

4. lakki369 (Posts: 114; Member since: 10 Apr 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..!!!

posted on 15 May 2015, 03:59

5. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 15 May 2015, 04:29

6. Wiencon (Posts: 2022; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

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

posted on 15 May 2015, 16:39

9. Blazers (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 16 May 2015, 21:48

11. andynaija (Posts: 982; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 15 May 2015, 05:44

7. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Looking pretty good, quite smooth too.

posted on 17 May 2015, 09:56

12. RangoX (Posts: 55; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

I hate round avatars though.

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