WhatsApp is one of the most used messaging apps with over 1 billion active monthly users. The WhatsApp 2.16.166 update was released, but to the dismay of users, there are still no features included in the patch.
The WhatsApp 2.16.166 APK file has been augmented by a mere 23KB with 50 modified files, most of which are linked to the chat conversations. There can be some changes on the chat interface as a result of the addition of a new file named “conversation_header.xml.”
As for the video calling option, Neurogadget reported that there is no news on the rumored feature. However, developers are expected to provide some updates on the feature within the next few weeks. The video calling feature would play a crucial role in keeping the application at part with its competitors like Viber and Facebook Messenger.
If the developers are unable to bring the video calling feature on board, WhatsApp stands the risk of losing tons of customers to other instant messaging apps that already have the feature integrated.
Meanwhile, Symbian and Blackberry users will not be able to use the app after December 31, 2016. The developers advise users of these devices to use the app on Windows Phone, iPhone or an Android smartphone to continue enjoying the instant messaging services. This is because, post-December 31, these operating systems will not be able to support the features, which the app will introduce in the future, Neurogadget reported.
Installing WhatsApp 2.16.166 on an Android Device
WhatsApp 2.16.166 update is likely to come with a few errors and other bugs until the stable version of the app is launched. The WhatsApp Beta version can now be downloaded and installed from Google Play directly, unlike earlier when the app needed to be installed manually. To download a testing version of the messenger app the user will be required to become a tester by going to the link and clicking “Become a Tester” link.