WhatsApp for Android Update Fixes Crashes on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Devices

The update also brings new features and improvements

By Cosmin Vasile on July 31st, 2012 07:20 GMT

WhatsApp is definitely among the most popular cross-platform messaging applications for mobile devices. The software is currently available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Nokia phones.

The application is taking advantage of the phone’s mobile data or Wi-Fi connectivity to send messages.

Once WhatsApp is installed, users won’t need SMS anymore as the application allows them to send messages, pictures, video messages and audio notes for free.

More importantly, the software does very little data traffic, so users won’t have to worry about additional costs. Add to that the fact that as long as a Wi-Fi network is used to send messages, all messages are free of charge.

WhatsApp for Android has more than 10 million downloads in the Google Play store and a 4.6 rating out of 5, which says something about the popularity of the application.

This is why developers constantly work to improve the functionality of WhatsApp. Today, the application has been updated once again with several new features and bug fixes.

Update version 2.8.1504 includes a crash fix for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices, so owners will now be able to use WhatsApp without having to worry about any crashes.

For the rest of WhatsApp users, developers added the ability for the group owner to remove a member from group. In addition, the application now displays push name in group chat with unknown phone numbers.

The ability to choose profile photo during verification has been included as well, along with a major overhaul of Arabic look and feel. Last but not least, the update contains some miscellaneous bug fixes, translations (Basque) and improvements.

WhatsApp 2.8.1504 is now available as a free download via Google Play store and it should be fully compatible with all devices running Android 2.1 and up. Keep in mind that only the first year of use is free, after which you will have to pay $0.99 USD per year. Check it out here.
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