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A new update of WhatsApp for Android was released and it can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, via the WhatsApp beta testing program. WhatsApp 2.16.18 continues the good work done by the developers who successfully added new features on a regular basis. Recently, they brought the option to send messages with bolded, italic or strikethrough text and users will get a preview of how the word or phrase would appear. Now, WhatsApp has included front camera zoom in.



By downloading and installing WhatsApp betas from the Google Play, you’re exempted from enabling the Unknown Sources option from your device’s Settings, which is a measure of protection that prevents you from installing applications that are downloaded from third party sources and which might contain malware.

WhatsApp 2.16.18 weighs 27.79 MB in size and it comes with the aforementioned features we’ve told you about in the introduction, alongside bug fixes and performance improvements and end-to-end ecryption for messages, no matter if they contain texts, photos or videos. The message will be read by the recipient only if he/she will know the key for unlocking it, and no one else will be able to crack them. This comes after the encryption dispute between Apple and FBI, because of the American company’s refusal to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

WhatsApp has been using encryption since the end of 2014, but only for text messages and now, one billion users have more reasons to trust this application. At the end of March, the developers have added support for document sharing, even PDF files.

In order to get the latest beta version from the Google Play Store, you will need to become a beta tester, so head to the Google Play store’s official testing page and tap on the “Become a Beta Tester” button.

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