WhatsApp Updated with Marshmallow Permissions, New Emoji

February 17, 2016 - Written By Tom Dawson

WhatsApp, the now free messaging platform that millions of people have been using all over the world has become the primary way a lot of people connect online. With that comes the need to keep a mobile app constantly updated and users have been expecting more from their messaging apps for some time, and WhatsApp has been more than happy to offer those extra features. Voice calling was a big addition last year, and now the WhatsApp app for Android is getting updated with better support for Marshmallow permissions, new emoji and more.

While the update was spotted before the changelog hit the Play Store, it now appears that the final version of this particular update appears to be 2.12.453. The changelog notes that the new app now has over 100 new emoji, support for Kazakh, Tagalog, Uzbek, Marathi, and Malayalam languages and a note on Google Drive backups for chat logs. The new Emoji have been teased for some time now, and it’s nice to finally see these launch at long last. For those unsure of what the new Marshmallow permissions part of the update is about, it only applies to those running Android 6.0 or above. Basically, the WhatsApp app will now only ask for permission to use the microphone when doing something like a voice call or voice message, rather than always having that permission even if you were unlikely to use it.

In these new 100+ emoji, it appears WhatsApp is getting with the times and offering a wide variety of different religious and cultural references, a nod to nerd culture and perhaps the biggest “sign of the times” is that you can now give people the finger over WhatsApp. Those hoping for a redesign of the emoji to better match with Android’s newfound Material Design will be once again disappointed, but at least we can take solace in the fact that our iPhone “friends” have to deal with the same look and feel. Depending on how much you use WhatsApp, this will either be a small or large update, but it’s good to see WhatsApp keep on rolling out new features and such, that’s for sure.

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