WhatsApp’s developers just released a new beta version for Android and, as usual, you can download it from the official website. This version hasn’t brought important changes, but the developers modified 354 files, added 4 files and deleted 12 files. The APK is 13KB smaller compared to the previous version and of course, it has bug fixes related to sending racial emojis and more.
Some of the deleted files represent three types of icons that are related to small buttons such as “anim_backup_dot_grey.png” and there is also a new icon divided into four directories (“ill_restore_success_checkmark.png”). The previous version (2.12.165) came with 209 modified files, six files were new and 32 files got deleted. Also, the developers made preparations to include the Google Drive feature and made some fixes for the bugs related to the racial emojis. Also, in this version, were deleted four types of files which were related to small buttons such as “btn_gray_normal.9.png” and its place was taken by the new “btn_gray_small_normal.xml” file.
WhatsApp seems to become better and better, and the number of new users is increasing by the day. The Android version has a larger user base and this is why the developers are adding new features and making all kinds of experiments which, if they succeed, can be gradually implemented to the rest of versions.
Apparently, the voice calling feature works better and the users are no longer complaining about the sudden interruptions, lags or other issues, but the data consumption is still pretty high.
On the official website you’ll find only the latest beta version, which is not perfected, so it may have other bugs, which will be removed on the stable version that makes its way to the Google Play Store.
WhatsApp has an annual fee of 0.99 dollars, which you’ll pay after the trial period of one year ends. If you install the APK from WhatsApp’s website, you’ll need to enable the Unknown Sources option from the phone’s Settings.