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WhatsApp update now live in the Store; brings voice messaging improvements and more

We told you recently of the upcoming changes expected with the cross platform instant messaging application WhatsApp, and the word on the street is that the update is now live. The changes in this version may not be the biggest in the world (unless you're on Windows Phone 7 - orientation lock!) but there are some welcome updates for you to enjoy. 

Here's what's new in version 2.11.276:

  • Voice Messaging improvements
  • Pin chats to start
  • New settings: orientation lock (WP7), text size
  • Better message forwarding options
  • Various enhancements and bug fixes
  • New languages: Croatian, Hungarian, Lithuanian

Grab the latest version of WhatsApp here and tell your friends! Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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WhatsApp update now live in the Store; brings voice messaging improvements and more

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Why would they roll this out when gdr3 is only available to devs. They probably will work on that option and release it once gdr3 rolls out to everyone.

And those developing whatsapp are called....????
Then if those non-devs got GDR3, for a company with a dev account it should be peace of cake...just saying.

Nah...they could launch it now and when everybody get gdr3 it will be there.
I'm not saying they should, they just could if they wanted to, as they got all the tools needed.

This would require extending the address book, which If I understand correctly is available know... (Skype only adds the Skype entry when the app is installed...)

Doesn't mean it's official...can't expect them release a feature that is available to a low number of people on a somewhat beta kind of release. Btw it's not the full gdr3 either.

it is the full gdr3, what you don't get is the lumia black update and that is only for well LUMIA devices.
 
 

Rudy add custom notifications to 6tag and Update 3 have not been released to everybody yet. Whatsapp team can update it before GDR3 rolls out, so when people update they already have the function there.

We (Windows Phone Community) should make a petition to let Rudy Huyn work with the WhatsApp team to improve WhatsApp. We need more feature for WhatsApp and i have my confidence in Rudy.

Nokia is already helping the WhatsApp team, WhatsApp on Windows Phone is prefect in my eyes so why bring Rudy to a app that is already great?
 
Let Rudy do his thing on apps that aren't avalible on the WP platform instead.

No offence, but through your eyes it may be perfect. Where as for me there is still a few annoyances. like being unable to read long messages, n just recently removal of the "refresh" button. The reason to bring Rudy to the developement  of WhatsApp is so that we can make "a app that is already great" (check store reviews), Outstanding, like how 6tag is already considered better than the inbound Instgram app.

What happened to the "download" link in the WPc app? It shows as web links? Normally, even links to apps which were updates had the "download" shortcut under "more" in wpc... Curious...

i got it last night. but i was hoping that they would let us customise the background with our favourite pictures. the black background is dull

I think they're not gonna do that because it doesn't fit wp, I think it would be awesome if they created some "themes", you know just some colourful backgrounds that match with your phones theme, maybe it's just me but that sounds like a great solution for the "lack of personalization" some people complain about

Yeah I agree, I hate that some apps don't let you customize the background because it don't fit WP.. Let us consumers decide what we want to do with our phones background, and no I don't want a Google or iPhone crap phone.

One thing that is really not meaningful at all but had bothered me since I first installed WhatsApp is the start screen that shows for a few seconds before opening the app. Why is it just the green full of strange drawings with NO logo. 
 
It would be much nicer if it had the logo balloon logo just like the official icon in the store, isn't it? (even more when you consider that it takes sometimes 5 to 10 seconds for the app to load on WP 7.x) =)

That's an OS limitation, which doesn't allow API access to the media library. Who knows, maybe in WP 8.1... But this is definitely a must, and, given the app's relevance, Microsoft should work to address it.

Hey will GDR3 void my warranty? I am using a Lumia 925 only two months old and I am in India.
I really want to install this update.

I doubt if there is anything that you can do to void your warranty on the software side of things. WP8 is quite solid that ways.

Y orientation lock is not given for win 8??? Even if it is coming in gdr3 still within app will b a handy feature

I'm having trouble sending pictures after the update. Just goes to black after I choose the picture to send. Anybody else having the same problem?

I have a terible bug with this update. I can't see any messages. The chat window is just black. Reinstalling the app has not fixed it  

Yes. Btw i got it working again. Uninstall app-> apply Backup -> clear every chat history -> restart phone

Gosh.... Why is Whatsapp having so much issues on Windows Phone platform??? Is just disappointing.

Another tiny change that isn't included in the change log is "usernames". Now the name of contact appears as you've stored them to your phonebook, NOT by what they call themselves on their whatsapp. Really good to be able to call people what you want and toasts appear with that! Hated when people put smiley in their names!

I hate that the idiots fill the reviews with negative votes and comments because they cant share videos and audios. They don't know the limitation of platform and keep cursing devs. :/

By the way disappointed to not see orientation lock in wp8. Even we chat has that.

<p>Finally &nbsp; Ability to increase font size. But why not extend this ability &nbsp;while typing the message not just in the message bubble area. I like a bigger text as I am typing so I can see what i am going. &nbsp; That&#39;s when it matters he most to me. Please include in next update</p>

I need an option to turn off the notification from group chat, not manually turn the mute on for each weeks.

I am not getting messages in group chat...getting the notifications though...weird...seriously whatsapp was better on my Symbian...and its not windows problem probably but it just doesn't work properly...

K here is the solution
Uninstall app-> apply Backup -> clear every chat history -> restart phone.
u LL not see clear chat history as before. U shd go inside group, press 3 dots and u LL find it there. Good luck

Waiting for windows os to allow third party apps to access media files - no option for video and audio file sharing and saving of the ones thats sent...this makes WhatsApp experience so irritating

Lol after uninstall and reinstalling now i lost all my individual chat history....and out of nowhere old histories of group chat came back ..still not able to read any group messages...l think WhatsApp has been hacked....need a major update and quick fix...horrible update....

Microphone icon keeps fading. Have to tap multiple times to make it work. App also closes after certain audio and pic uploads.

Thanks for supporting WP community whatsapp. Just need to update the start screen with a more modern/polished look and yes as always bug fixes.

I just want to be able to save video to my main library as well as attach video from my library..
Not too much to ask since iOS and Android had it since 2011.

Is the stupid connectivity error prompt still there once you are able to leave the app? That's very irritating though.

Well, this update is nice.
But it has some bugs/problems.

1. The total number of favourites are removed.
2. The app doesn't respond when came back from other app or just from the start screen.

Clearing chat history is not working after the update, is it the same for everyone else?
I tried on group chats, don't know about 1 on 1, I just delete them.

Thanks for the update, able to pin chats, however the problems persist before this update.
unable to mute groups, its does not complete the process just like before (however the gui has changed on this setting)
The push notis are as good as dead, the notifs appear only after the app is launched, that really sucks.