WhatsApp is the most popular messaging service across various platforms. In fact, It is the first app of this kind to cross 1 Billion mark. The part of the reason for such a great success is regular and timely updates. WhatsApp keeps on improving with new releases time and again. And today, the messaging juggernaut has released a new update for its android users. The latest update bumps the app to version 2.17.4 beta. This release is aimed at beta participants of the app in Google Play Store.
What’s New in WhatsApp 2.17.4
This update for WhatsApp Messenger is all about bug fixes and performance improvements. There was no changelog accompanying the latest release. In case, you are interested in reading the last changelog, we have listed the same below.
-Play videos right away without waiting for them to download first. Videos will still be downloaded to your phone as the video is playing. (Android 4.1+ and only works with videos sent from the latest version of the Android app)
-Introducing WhatsApp video calling. With free video calls, you can have face-to-face chats with your friends and family around the world. Data charges may apply. (requires Android 4.1+)
-You can now send and receive animated GIFs
We tested the latest update on our own devices and found it to perform better than the last release. So, if you are enrolled as a beta tester for WhatsApp Messenger in the Google Play Store, there is no reason to avoid this update.
WhatsApp 2.17.4 sizes at 31.46 MB and comes with build number 451574. This update is applicable to all android devices running Android 4.0 and above. However, the first feature mentioned in the changelog is only available for devices with Android 4.1+.
You can either wait for the OTA update to hit your smartphone or download the latest APK following the APKPolice.com link HERE. Once again, it’s a beta update meant for the early testers of the messaging application. The stable release will come later.