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The WhatsApp application has now over 1 billion monthly active users. Today we will talk about the latest WhatsApp BETA version which is 2.16.248. The WhatsApp 2.16.248 doesn’t come with any major changes, but it shows that the developers are currently improving the mentions function.

The WhatsApp 2.16.248 APK (installation) file has been decreased by 131Kb, it has over 310 modified files, of which 180 are related to icons and emoji. The installation file has also two new files which are referred to mentions function (conversation_row_unsupported.xml and mentions_row.xml).

As expected, the developers have also improved the stability of the application, which means that the new WhatsApp version 2.16.248 will not crash as often as the previous versions.

Unfortunately, there is no news regarding the Video Calling feature that’s expected to be added to the application. However, many rumors are suggesting that this feature will soon be released for WhatsApp, as the developers can’t afford to keep this application without one feature that’s already available on other popular mobile messaging applications, because users would migrate to them.

WhatsApp 2.16.248: How To Install On Your Android Device

The WhatsApp 2.16.248 is currently in BETA phase and this means that you will be able to install it on your Android device only after becoming a BETA tester. To become a WhatsApp BETA tester, you will need to open this Google Play Store webpage and tap on the “BECOME A TESTER” button. After you do this, just open the official Android store, search for WhatsApp 2.16.248 and install it on your smartphone.

HINT: Keep in mind that since the WhatsApp 2.16.248 is currently in BETA phase, there are high chances that you will find new errors or bugs. If you find any of them, please report them to the developers so they will be fixed before the next STABLE version of WhatsApp will be released.