There was a time when the developers of WhatsApp were releasing new updates for Android every few days, and they contained mostly improvements and bug fixes, but lately, we’ve seen even two or three updates being released in the same day. Now, Android users have the possibility to install WhatsApp 2.16.21, a beta update that is available via the Google Play beta channel. The installation file weighs 27.63 MB and comes with end-to-end encryption, along with other bug fixes and enhancements.
At the end of February, WhatsApp has launched Android Beta-Testing Program via Google Play, which means that users who enroll in the program will have access to the latest beta update and install it without needing to enable the Unknown Sources option, by going to their device’s Settings.
In the past weeks, WhatsApp’s developers have been busy lately working on many new features and we’ll remind you the most recently added ones. In WhatsApp 2.12.535, they’ve introduced formatting of text in chats as bold and italics, by putting the texts between two asterisks (*) and underscores (_), but there’s also a third option, to strike a line through a word, by putting a tilde (~) before and after it.
Another new feature is document sharing, but for now, only PDFs are supported and in order to open them, recipients must update WhatsApp to the latest version. Also, users are now able to share photos from Google Drive, Dropbox and One Drive, they can replace the background color from the Setting menu and to zoom in on videos.
But the most important addition is the end-to-end encryption to messages and voice calls. This will make users trust this application even more. WhatsApp wrote on its blog that “when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private – sort of like a face-to-face conversation.”
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