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After 12 days of absence, WhatsApp is back on the store along with the new features. Joe Belfiore announced the good news on Twitter that the new version is now available on store.

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

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.

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