Facebook-owned WhatsApp is so popular that it needs no introduction anymore. With over a billion users nearly everyone in the world today has heard of the highly praised instant messaging heavyweight.
The service offers one of the best chatting environments on different platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone and desktop among others.
WhatsApp version for Android is the most used and has two different types of users: main channels users and beta testing group. The developing company releases versions for testing for the latter before finally pushing the certified version to the former. That means the beta version has the most up-to-date features and now it has just been updated to version 2.16.367 which weighs 32.07 MB. The latest update, however, brings along no new feature except the normal bug fixes and system stability enhancements.
WhatsApp users can now make both voice and video calls. The latter is just a few days old on the main client while beta version has been having it for quite some weeks. You can also send animated GIFs via the widely used chat channel. It’s also rumored that group calling feature might also arrive soon along with video-streaming function spotted by some Android beta users in India.
WhatsApp Inc. was sold to Facebook in 2014 for a reported pay of US$ 19.3 billion. However, even after the multi-billion purchase the company remained independent with the co-founder Jan Koum as the CEO. The simple chat app has flourished since the acquisition with tons of new features and improvements including the acclaimed end-to-end data encryption which means users can chat without fear of a third party listening. In fact, even WhatsApp itself cannot decode your messages.
WhatsApp 2.16.367 Beta: How to download and install
WhatsApp updates are available on Google Play Store and as download files on the company’s official website and third party sites like APK Mirror. Android users are encouraged to get their updates via the official store, however, the updates may take longer to reach the store while they are available as APK files. Besides, some mobile devices have problems accessing the store. To get this new version ahead of everyone, visit WhatsApp official website and get the APK file then install on your device. You do not have to uninstall the version installed on your smartphone: it will be overwritten automatically by the new update.
Beta testing program
WhatsApp has launched a beta testing program to allow users download and install beta releases directly from the Google Play Store. Subscribers who can easily access the store do not need to go searching for updates on the internet. They simply need to sign up for beta updates from Google Play official website. Note that beta versions may be unstable, contain bugs and may crash from time to time. Luckily, such cases are rare, but in case you experience unbearable difficulties while using the version you can always uninstall it then download the stable variant from the Google Play Store.