The latest beta version of WhatsApp is now available on Android. Interested takers need to shelve 31 MB of storage space to download the software content.
WhatsApp 2.16.311 does not contain any new functionalities. What it does feature is a plethora of bug fixes and performance upgrades.
Emoji will now appear bigger when sent alone. Users can mention specific people in group chats by inputting the @ symbol.
Group administrators can invite people by simply sharing a link. The Add participants menu will include an option to “Invite to group via link.”
Photos and videos taken within WhatsApp will be more customizable. Users can add text, emoji or drawings to their selfies and short clips. They can also edit font styles for captions.
Mobi Picker warned Android users regarding WhatsApp 2.16.311. The beta update may not be as stable as its final build version.
Trusted mirror websites are already offering the beta update. It will work on all Android smartphones and tablets running on Android 2.3.4 or later.
WhatsApp users on Android are still waiting for the long-rumored video calling functionality. Facebook Inc. continues to be silent on the subject.
Video calling may arrive sooner rather than later. Developers can’t simply ignore the widespread yearning for the said feature. The WhatsApp user base could slowly move to another messaging app if video calling won’t be offered in the near future.
Another issue that has beta testers up in arms is the bigger emoji. The change in size allegedly makes users look too interested during conversations.
“No, whatsapp. I don’t want the emoji to look so big, and I don’t want to use so many emojis,” one user vented on Twitter. “Stop making me look interested in the convo.”
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