It’s summertime, but WhatsApp isn’t going on vacation, because there are 1 billion active users who have expectations from developers and they want new updates with fixes for bugs they find and report. This application has evolved a lot in the past year and from time to time, developers introduce new features which are being improved with each new beta update. If you want to install the latest WhatsApp 2.16.174 update from the Google Play store, you must become a Beta tester.
WhatsApp 2.16.174 Beta weighs in at 27.78 MB, but it doesn’t include any new feature, only performance enhancements, although developers are expected to bring many changes in the coming weeks. Recently, the application has received a change to its user interface, so, when some unknown number sends a message, users see a slightly modified interface, alongside options to report spam, block and add to contacts.
A month ago was introduced the option to reply to messages, and to use this feature, users must press and hold the message they want to include in their reply. Above the chat bubble appear a number of options such as Star, Copy, Info, Forward, Delete and Reply.
We haven’t heard anything new about the voice calling feature, remaining a mystery until the developers will secretly reintroduce it in one of the future beta updates. If you recall, in mid-May, video calling was spotted in WhatsApp 2.16.80 via the Google Play beta testing program, but the feature wasn’t functional. Users were pretty sure that WhatsApp will activate this Voice Calling in short time, but to their surprise, the feature was removed and since then, the developers have completely ignored the subject.
We remind you that another important feature added in WhatsApp is end-to-end encryption, which makes sure that messages are being accessed only by the sender and recipient.