WhatsApp, arguably the most popular messaging application on the planet, will be getting a software update soon. Facebook Inc. is currently working on the latest WhatsApp Beta with build number 2.16.248.
The upcoming WhatsApp update consists of over 310 modified files. It will reportedly improve the overall stability of the app, but it does not contain any major changes.
Neuro Gadget pointed out that there’s still no video calling feature for Android. On the bright side, users won’t have to wait too long for the functionality to arrive.
Developers can’t continue to ignore the yearning of their loyal user base. WhatsApp aficionados may slowly switch to another messaging application if the video calling feature won’t be offered at the soonest possible time.
Those who can’t wait to use WhatsApp 2.16.248 can head over to the Google Play Store web page to register as a Beta tester. Afterwards, the software update will appear on Google Play Store as a downloadable content.
In other WhatsApp news, Facebook is set to launch a diet version of Messenger. The upcoming chat app has been unofficially dubbed as “WhatsApp 2.0.”
It will be offered for emerging markets like Venezuela, Kenya Tunisia and Malaysia. It is target at Android users who own older smartphones that don’t have enough storage space to boot the full version of Messenger.
David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s messaging branch, told Cosmopolitan that the diet version of Messenger is not meant to overshadow WhatsApp. He explained that the two are very different apps that cater to different user needs.
Facebook acquired WhatsApp back in February 2014 for $19.3 million. The company recently announced that WhatsApp will soon share user data with the social network service to “synchronize” the two businesses.
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