WhatsApp returns to the Windows Phone store, just in time for the weekend

WhatsApp returns to the Windows Phone store, just in time for the weekend
After a brief, yet frustrating hiatus, WhatsApp is back in the Windows Phone Store, ready to get you chatting with your friends in time for the weekend.

Initial reports about WhatsApp being removed tied the decision to compatibility factors with Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview, but it actually turned out to be due to a problem with Windows Phone 8 and the current GDR3 update which began pushing out last year.

The problem had to do with how notifications were handled on what is still the current “official” version of Windows Phone. There were not a whole lot of details provided, but it likely had to do with the feature that enabled custom notification tones that are available for Windows Phone devices running the GDR3 update.

WhatsApp returns to the Windows Phone store, just in time for the weekend
Since taking the app out of the store, the gang at WhatsApp have been feverishly hammering out a solution to the problem and version 2.11.490 is what we have. There is are no new features added that we can see, but WhatsApp has generally been about keeping things simple and incremental.

See the source link to get your WhatsApp reinstalled if you removed it from your device.


source: Windows Phone Store via Joe Belfiore (Twitter)

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44 Comments

1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Pretty sad when the top guy at Microsoft has to tweet about apps being available for a phone.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Is there anything wrong with letting his followers know about this?

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yes cause there's hardly that many followers except loyal Wp and Nokia users. Very not much users.

6. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Very not much users? Wow you are smart..

7. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Who are you? Someone I know? Let me guess, wait, hold on, nope can't recall. I can be you.

8. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

I'm the guy that is going to go out of his way to make fun of you every time you sperm up Windows related articles

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yea with your 4% share Yea with your no apps and games You with your locked down platform Lmfao There's loads left to mention, should I or shouldn't I say the rest…? You seem to be an old ex user, who knows who is who…?

10. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Stand corrected because I don't currently have any Windows phone and never have but one will be my next phone

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Name: billgates job: nokia fanboyism phones: no wp...

24. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Name: StraightEdgeNexus Job(s): Trolling on tech sites & following WWE Phones: None

36. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

well thanks for the honor.

15. androidrulez08

Posts: 3; Member since: May 30, 2014

You do know that the useful stuff on Android is also locked down?

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Over 50 million users are not many, you must be trolling.

18. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

When's the last time Andy Rubin had to tweet that a popular app was back in the store? When's the last time anyone at apple had to issue a statement of why an app disappeared? Only Microsoft has to exert so much effort just to get the popular stuff in their store. Nokia couldn't even be bothered to advertise their own phones here - MS made all the commercials.

3. stulla

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I the year 2014 WHATSAPPn my lumia 520 can't send an audio file from my library...contacted whatsapp ^ they said this is due to somethings to do with Microsoft,windows phone 8 & it's limitations...sounds ridiculous when you can send audio from your library on a nokia n8 which is Symbian.....fix this issue & stop being lazy people

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Thats why Wp and iOs " sucks "… ! Very bad intergration.

14. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

my lumia 610 still giving me fast experiance . one week back i give open challenge to my friend only in 4 department , first is internet . the best thing which make me laugh moto g aor even most of android phone user use uc browser in place of own chrome browser . security is missing . moto g is lagging , he say i am using 2 g internet , second is sending mail again moto g suck and last navigation . here moto g totally flop . he open internet and statr navigation but after 40 minute moto g become hot and crash . this is ur android 4.4 crap . bro we dont need game and blah blah app a. for gaming we have pc or high end console . phone means basic usualibilty .

17. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

You don't even have Moto G. My friend has it and it's awesome. And btw you just lost complete credibility when you said that UC broswer is more popular than Chrome (which is btw the best mobile browser in any platform, period). Every other thing you say is lie also. Have a life bro.

28. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

u r such an ignorant who should check facts b4 calling someone a lier. UC browser is more popular than chrome mobile because it's available on every single phone not just android and iphone. it's available one : Android, WP (8.1, 8 and 7) ,iOS , Blackberry, Symbian, WM and feature phones. as it seems that u r a big ignorant because being better has nothing to do with being popular...it's being available on every platform; dead or alive. " Have a life bro."

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

English RIP....:-( PHONE: LUMIA 610 OS: WP 7.X.X.X Explains your stupidity and literacy in your comments.

25. colinkiama

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

Why don't you upgrade to a 620 or a 920 everyone knows wp7 is dead.

29. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

As if ur English is top notch. u messed up the context, because in " Explains your stupidity and literacy in your comments.", it's supposed to be illiteracy not " literacy". maybe u should check ur IQ b4 calling someone stupid

30. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Your interpretation skills are lacking, not my fault.

40. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Yet you don't mention anything about Arte-8800 and his stupid spelling mistakes! Typical Fandroids

42. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well not worth mentioning. Arte/Troll TM is a stupid, he's posts are senseless and spam.

38. stulla

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

checked this morning & saw a whatsapp update...went to whatsapp...audio has been removed from the files options which makes sense as there is already a mic on the page of the person who you chatting with...it now has option to change background,can now turn off last seen plus a few other stuff...working with it still

11. zigma

Posts: 11; Member since: May 30, 2014

Arte-8800, you are so wrong the best integrated OS is WP and IOS, WP so many mistakes never did the right thing, IOS old just change the design and the most important too expensive, did you know to fit the LG G3 pixel resolution need 5 iPhones and the saddest part cost the same or less the LG G3.

13. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

my lumia 610 still giving me fast experiance . one week back i give open challenge to my friend only in 4 department , first is internet . the best thing which make me laugh moto g aor even most of android phone user use uc browser in place of own chrome browser . security is missing . moto g is lagging , he say i am using 2 g internet , second is sending mail again moto g suck and last navigation . here moto g totally flop . he open internet and statr navigation but after 40 minute moto g become hot and crash . this is ur android 4.4 crap . bro we dont need game and blah blah app a. for gaming we have pc or high end console . phone means basic usualibilty .

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Only insecure wp fanatic has a need to constantly challenge annoy friends with their unpopular phone.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Basic usability? Grandpa we are in 2014, not in glorious Nokia 2002 days lol.

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