WhatsApp Messenger has just received an update on the Android platform for the beta participants of the app. The latest release bumps the app to version 2.16.393. To get the latest WhatsApp beta update, you can enroll for beta testing on Google Play Store or download the same manually by following the means detailed later in the post.
What’s New in WhatsApp Messenger 2.16.393
The new update does not bring any visible changes and the changelog remains the same as the last update.
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
The new update comes without new features, but one should expect performance boost and bug fixes over the previous versions. One notable feature here is that you can now play videos right away as you receive them without having to wait for the video to download first. The video downloads as you play it, though this feature is available on Android 4.1 and later phones only.
WhatsApp 2.16.393 APK download file sizes at 31.68 MB and comes with build number 451561. The latest update is applicable to all smartphones running Android 2.3 OS and above. In case, you want to skip the queue and download the update manually, follow the APKPolice.com link HERE or visit other such trust mirror websites.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging application across multiple platforms, and part of that reason is timely and regular updates with new features and improvements. This update too adds new feature and reliability to the app and hence should not be avoided.
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