Wahoo, WhatsApp is again available on the Windows Phone store. About two weeks ago, the famous cross-platform mobile messaging app had been removed from store due to unspecified technical problems. However, Joe Belfiore had promised a new version soon, which would also fix notification issue.
After 12 days of absence, WhatsApp is back on the store. Joe Belfiore announced the good news on Twitter, wishing you a good weekend
WHATSAPP IS BACK! HAPPY WEEKEND! Grab from here: https://t.co/MhNwf46hZs
— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) May 30, 2014
Here’s what’s new in this update (2.11.490.0)
- Chat backgrounds
- Broadcast lists
- Privacy settings (settings > account > privacy)
- Media auto-download settings (settings > chat settings > media auto-download)
- Custom notification tones (Windows Phone 8 Update 3 required)
- Various enhancements and bug fixes
WhatsApp has now suppressed 500 million users, although majority of them access the service through iOS and Android devices. There has always been a big feature gap between WhatsApp for Windows Phone and the rival platforms. However, the two companies continue to work together to provide a better experience, as WhatsApp is the most popular app and represents a great opportunity to increase the market share of mobile operating system.
If you are using Windows Phone 8.1, you will get a warning messaging stating some features won’t work properly. It affirms the app is still not compatible with Windows Phone 8.1, and we may see a newer feature-complete version soon as the global availability of Windows Phone 8.1 approaches.
Grab the latest version of WhatsApp from here.