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If you have a smartphone running on Android 2.1 or later, then you should install the latest beta version of WhatsApp, which weighs 27.37 MB. The update was released on March 8 and it can be downloaded from the Google Play.

WhatsApp’s latest beta versions can be downloaded now from the Google Play store and everyone can become a beta tester. This way, the APK files will be downloaded without needing to enable the Unknown Sources option from the device’s Settings, by tapping the box in front of it. This measure prevents users from infecting their devices by installing applications downloaded from third party sources.

WhatsApp 2.12.509 is the new beta version which brings bug fixes and minor improvements, but the developers haven’t released a change log for it, so we don’t know what it contains. But, it is known that in the previous version, the users are able to change PDF files and send files from cloud applications, or share photos and videos from the Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive.

We remind you that WhatsApp will continue to upload beta versions on its official website, but it’s more advantageous to get them from the Google Play store. Another important move that the developers will make by the end of this year is to stop supporting some mobile platforms that rarely received updates, such as BlackBerry 10 OS or Nokia, and this decision will affect older Android versions, as well. This doesn’t mean that the application will no longer be available for these operating systems. They will only stop receiving updates.

The good news is that the application has become completely free, as the $0.99 annual fee has been removed. Some of the most recent new features that have been added to WhatsApp include: over 100 new emoji characters, language support for Kazakh, Tagalog, Uzbek, Marathi and Malayalam, compatibility with Android 6.0 permissions etc.