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WhatsApp beta reveals a few upcoming features for Windows Phone

WhatsApp Windows Phone

It looks like Nokia and Whatsapp are continuing to chug along, building up and refining the super popular messenger client for Windows Phone. Details of beta 2.9.6 and 2.9.7 have been revealed on the site PocketPC.ch and while not revelatory (nor final), they at least show some very minor changes scheduled.

First we should note that we don’t know what the release goal is for version numbers. It’s clear that WhatsApp have a few “betas” planned, adding features as they proceed, but it is not clear if 2.9.7 will be the one released to the Store or they are aiming for a “3.0” release.

It has been over a month since the last WhatsApp update, which is usually when they finally give us some new improvements, so maybe it's coming sooner than later.

So what are the big changes?

  • New smilies
  • Quicker app-start (2.747 sec)
  • Bigger Live Tile for Windows Phone 7.8
  • Some bug fixes (specifics, unknown)

That’s of course hardly the big changes that many of you would like to see with this app but at least it’s relatively fast and reliable with these latest versions. Hopefully the next update is right around the corner. We’ll of course keep you posted when it goes live.

Source: PocketPC.ch; Thanks, Giovanni, for the tip!

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WhatsApp beta reveals a few upcoming features for Windows Phone

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Yes! Emoticons!
Hope that audio API will be gone too *cross fingers*

Then what's app will be great!

They need to modernize the interface as well :|

Yeah, this friggin' audio agent thing sucks - escpecially on WP8 where you cannot play a song from the position you stopped :/ *crossing fingers, too*

Well since they never fixed the voice notes for 7.8 on the Titan I rather enjoy the audio feature.

Wow, new smile!!
Dear devs, this is what's still wrong with the app:
• Fast resume lacking (when tapping on the tile with the app already opened in background)
• Better UI (attached videos and photos in particular, the chat is terrible there)
• Better handling for videos and photo (hundreds of times I tried to tap on attached photos, and nothing happened)
• The app crashes if you load too many old messages. Damn, a 512MB Android phone with WhatsApp is faster than my Lumia 920 with WhatsApp.
• The keyboard lags if you write a long message.
• You can't attach videos you've already recorded.
• When I tap on a notification, 99% of the times I try that, the app takes forever to load.
• Get rid of that damn AUDIO API!!!!
Good work :D

I just want to understand the audio API thing...
does Whatsapp need this to make the app run coninuously in the background? Is this because of making it compatible with 7.8 phones?

It used to, until a WP8 update added the ability to keep the WiFi on under locked screen.
So right now that fake audio stream is not necessary anymore, it's just a big, huge, enormous waste of battery... :/

And also replying from lock screen notification take you to a blank screen, you would have to close the app and then reopen it.

When you say new features for windows phone, thought you meant for the OS itself lol. I rushed to read this article when I saw it on my start screen haha

I switched to new Viber from WhatsApp because it work better for me. (Notifications mainly, I didn't get them with WhatsApp)

I have the opposite problem. The new viber app doesn't let me know I have a new message. I've reinstalled twice and checked settings.

If you don't get messages that's a line problem, nothing to do with the app/SO. I do sometimes get the notification of messages and the preview toast of it, but can't read it yet in in whatsapp tho. After like a minute the notification is re-sent and then I can actually see the message in the conversation. Anybody getting anything like this?
 

One of the bugs that I had reported was when switching from portrait to landscape on my 8X and the text is either shoved to the top or disappears all together. Hopefully it gets squashed.

All the need to do is remove the background audio stupidity and the app would be perfect for me anyway!

Whatsapp opens in under a second on my HTC 8X (I have 12 conversations) and while I dislike the use of audio API (annoying when listening to music) I never had battery issues with it. 

Now whatsapp is a beta?
 
Lets focus on fixing the battery drain problem with the app. 

All future iterations of software used for testing purposes that are not released publicly are called "betas". It makes sense to dogfood your app before you just release it...

Re: battery drain problem, I use this app regularly on multiple devices and just don't see it.

Lumia 920 heavy wahtsapp user here. Usually under WIFI with my lumia 920 batery last 5 hours top, if for some reason I dont use whatsapp it can last the whole day.
 
so yep whatsapp its a battery killer 

Dan, do you think that we will ever see messaging apps integrated to the messaging hub? Can they use the APIs like VOIP apps use them to look like normal calls? On the launch MS had promised tighter integration for Skype and all devs who wanted to use it...

Microsoft needs to push this, people hub is almost useless only a few apps work with it and one of the most popular crossplatform instant message apps does not work with people hub 

I'd like to be able to save videos sent to me to my sdcard outside of the app and also attach videos taken outside of the app. So many videos sent from family that I can't back up until this is added

I found it annoying to see one emoticon before sending a message and having it show up as something different. The emoticons in the screenshot are consistent with the app as well as the iOS and Android versions.
 
I hope they fixed the battery drain issue.

WE NEED AN OPTION TO SEND VIDEOS AND MUSIC BUT THAT OPTION MIGHT NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTILL THEY MAKE A WIDE FILE MANAGER AND ALSO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE RINGTONE ALSO IF I GET REALLY LONG WHATSAPP MESSAGES , THE END OF THE MESSAGE IS JUST NOT THERE ITS LIKE IT WAS ERASED 
 

Different colours for contacts in group convos would be a simple but welcome change....everyone looks the same!

the one bug fix I want is for them to take the app away from the music API, so that when you answer a message it don't take over your music control.

Ok....am tired of complaining about this, but I haven't been able to use whatsapp since I bought my L920....i always get the same error"could not connect to whatsapp. Please check your network settings and try again later"....i tried everything......plz for the love of god and all things Windows, can someone help me!!!!!!!

Dude....when I say I tried everything, I literally mean that...from hard resetting to contacting whatsapp....nothing has worked....

Whiners whiners. At least you're getting updated. 

Unlike LINE for WP. nothing what'soever and the current version sucks hard.

Just get it updated and out to us before Google buys the company and removes the app from our Store because of a "lack of demand".

on wp 7.8 Lumia 800 recently I am receiving strange toast notifications, it actually appears as Viber toast (can even see the number of messages on the Viber app tile) but the message arrived is actually a Whatsapp message and can read it obviously only when I open Whatsapp. Anyone else has experienced the same?