The latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android is 2.12.466 and it can be downloaded from WhatsApp’s official website. The file weighs 26.78 MB and it brings skin tone emojis, alongside 100 new emojis and other features that have been introduced recently.
WhatsApp doesn’t need any introduction, as it’s the application with the fast growing popularity, as, currently, it has over 1 billion active users, from 600 million, which had in February 2014, when it was purchased by Facebook for the sum of 22 billion dollars. The application can be installed on smartphones running on a variety of mobile platforms, but Android has more users and this version is updated more frequently. Sometimes, the developers are releasing new beta versions on a daily basis and they’re fixing a bunch of bugs that are reported by the users.
The most recent changes are related to the 100 new emojis, the Google Drive Backup option, which allows the users to store their chats on the cloud by going to Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat backup and restoring them on a new phone, and the chats are easier to clear by going to Menu > Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat History > Clear All Chats, where there are three options: all messages / messages older than 30 days / messages older than 6 months.
The users can also hide their WhatsApp status, the last seen status and to mark messages as unread, in case they want to reopen them later and reply to the senders. They can mark a message as unread by long pressing the chat with a contact or group until they see the “Mark as Unread” option.
Link previews will allow the users to know what’s inside an URL, by providing an image of the article, its headline and the address, just like the users of Facebook or Twitter can see.
And by staring a message, the users can find it easier for checking its content later. This can be done by long-pressing the message and choosing the Star from the top menu bar.
As for the WhatsApp 2.12.466, this beta version might come with bugs and other issues, but the developers will fix them by the time they release another update.