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WhatsApp’s developers are rarely release updates for BlackBerry 10, focusing more on Android and iOS, and the users have been waiting since December for a new update, which finally arrived on January 4. WhatsApp 2.12.280.2 is a beta version which can be downloaded from the BlackBerry Beta Zone and the file has a size of 20.8MB.

WhatsApp has provided the change log for the WhatsApp 2.12.280.2, so here are the changes and fixes that come with this beta version:



Added support for some additional web client features (Message Info, recent emoji sync);
Added support for web link previews on messages;
Updated organization of phone numbers on the Contact Info screen;
Automated nightly backup will no longer start in the middle of a voice call;
Attempted fix for issues connecting via proxy servers;
Miscellaneous fixes and updates.

In order to be able to install the WhatsApp 2.12.280.2, you will need to register for a Beta Zone Account on blackberry.com/beta, where you will see in the right side the button for “Sign in” and under it is the option to create a BlackBerry ID. Currently, there are over 400,000 members in the BlackBerry Beta Zone program and their number is growing.

As for WhatsApp, the application, which is free in the first year of use (after that, a yearly fee of 99 cents will be applied), offers a variety of features. The users can send free texts, images, voice and video texts, make voice calls and log into their accounts from a PC, using the web client.

Last fall, the beta testers received an update which brought a new set of emoji and emoji picker categories, and which solved a problem with the application causing media transfers to fail when the users were closing WhatsApp before the transfer was completed. In November, that update brought many bug fixes and lots of performance enhancements.

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