Download: WhatsApp Beta Update Adds Image Drawing, And More


The word 'WhatsApp' probably rings a bell to all of you, as this is one of the most popular chatting applications / services in the world. WhatsApp has been around for quite some time now, and was purchased by Facebook a while back. This app has over a billion downloads in the Google Play Store, and not many apps can say the same. The company is constantly updating the app in an attempt to improve its functionality, and the last update actually brings quite a few features with it, but do keep in mind we're talking about WhatsApp Beta here, this is not the update for the stable version of WhatsApp, not yet that is, read on.

The company has actually rolled out a couple of updates in a short time period, v2.16.262 and v2.16.263 updates have been pushed to WhatsApp Beta within 24 hours. As already mentioned, the company has added quite a few features here. As part of the update, you can now forward messages to multiple chats at the same time, which is great, not only is this functional, but has been a part of other messaging platforms, like Facebook Messenger for example, for quite some time now. Chats that you frequently fire up will appear first when forwarding or sharing something within the app, which is also a nice addition. The company has also added some gestures to the app, when you're recording a video, you can now slide your finger up or down in order to zoom in or out, which is quite intuitive. In addition to all this, the company has also added the front-facing flash, well, sort of, they've added the second best thing. If you're capturing selfies (or utilizing the front-facing camera in any way) in the dark, the screen will light up in order to brighten up the object you're trying to take a picture of. This is not exactly a front-facing flash or anything of the sort, but it will help to an extent for sure, as long as the object is close by.

Believe it or not, this is not everything, the company has also added image drawing feature and stickers to the app. Once you shoot a photo with WhatsApp's camera, you'll be able to edit that image in various ways, in addition to the already existing features (like cropping), you can now add a sticker to it, and draw on top of the image if you want to. Bigger emojis are also a part of this update, and Telegram links are once again enabled within the app. As some of you might know, Telegram links were blocked by WhatsApp, but they're now allowed once again. As you can see, there are quite a few new features and what not in this version of WhatsApp, though once again, we're talking about a beta version of the app here. If you'd like to download the latest update and install it manually, click on the banner down below.


WhatsApp Beta v2.16.263

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