WhatsApp for Windows Phone gets a long needed update

WhatsApp for Windows Phone gets a long needed update
WhatsApp is one of, if not the, most popular instant messaging platform available across most smartphone ecosystems. That is part of its allure since you can chat with anyone individually, or in groups, regardless of what kind of equipment they are using.

Another great feature about WhatsApp is the companies refusal to sell advertisements, part of the legacy the company’s founders from their experiences selling ads for Yahoo! back in the day. The trade off is a mere $0.99 for a yearlong subscription on some devices.

WhatsApp for Windows Phone received a pretty big update today, and not a moment too soon. The change log tells the story best:

  • Initiate voice calls from within the app
  • Background API allows you to play music
  • New smileys
  • Fixed notifications for users
  • Users can now see smileys on the double wide tile
  • Fast resume (If the app is open and you click on the incoming notification it opens as fast as on Android)
  • On start-up, it now asks if you want to back up your chat history. You can also do this through settings.
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That sums everything up. Direct your Windows Phone to the source link below to get your update.

source: WhatsApp (Windows Phone Store) via WPCentral

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9 Comments

1. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Amazing how you can make one app and be a hit

2. ajupurohit

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

another reason to buy Lumia 1020 :D

3. hamboza

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Does anyone know if Whatsapp on WP has an option to not appear online or show when you were last seen online?

7. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

No it does not. kaliil10 is wrong about it.

4. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

yes it has, just like the iPhone

6. hamboza

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Thanks, I asked cause the android doesn't

5. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Does any of you know if you can do voice dictation on the whatsapp app, like on android and iPhone?

8. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

No you cannot. That's one problem with windows phone that voice dictation is not available OS wide. It is only available if the app developer adds it separately. So far whatsapp has not added this feature.

9. Cellphonator12

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Anybody has a comment about the list of permissions on this app? They're scary!

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