Let’s just be honest, WhatsApp for Windows Phone is not on par when compared with the iPhone or Android version of the app. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, and worst of all, the stable version of the app doesn’t get frequent updates. However, there’s a beta version of the app as well, which receives updates more frequently, introducing new features and iron out bugs, and issues.
Recently, WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone picked up another update, bumping up the to version 2.11.582, and it comes with full support for Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. As a side note, the stable version of the app works with Windows Phone 8.1, but it was last updated — as per Windows Phone Store — in June.
Several previous reports hinted about battery consumption issues among users with Windows Phone 8.1 — some on the previous version as well. But, it seems the latest beta build improves the power consumption of the app, as well as improves the setting at the bottom of the chat. Furthermore, the latest beta update comes with an image cropping tool which give users the ability to crop an image, and set it as background.
No word on the launch of the aforementioned features on the stable version, but it shouldn’t take too long, we believe. Hold on to your seats, we’ll update you as soon as the folks at WhatsApp release an update.
To be honest, WhatsApp for Windows Phone has a lot of room for improvement when compared with its app on other platforms, I’ve used the app on all three major platforms, and personally have noticed a lot of difference. Don’t you agree?
Also, this is a private beta, and there’s no sign up method to get in.Further reading: Microsoft, WhatsApp, Windows Phone