Although we still have until sometime in Q2 of this year before WhatsApp’s voice calling feature is officially introduced to its users, today the app is getting a rather useful update that includes a few changes to privacy settings and the ability to pay for your friend and family members’ subscriptions.

As you may already know, WhatsApp is free to download and use for the first 12 months, and after that costs $.99 per year. With the new friend/family pay feature, you can cover the costs of friends and family members and keep your favorite contacts on the same messaging platform as you.

In terms of privacy changes, you can now change settings for your profile photo, last seen status, and a few other tweaks. Beyond this, there’s also a new camera shortcut and several bug fixes.

Here’s the full change-log, for those interested:

  • new privacy settings for last seen, profile photo and status
  • add Camera shortcut for quicker picture sending
  • add ability to pay for a friend’s WhatsApp service
  • add large video thumbnails in chat
  • add option to show unread messages on home screen widget (Android 3.0+)
  • add option to share/save profile photo/group icon
  • increase message history user can send
  • fix sending flag emoji on Sony phones
  • fix voice note recording volume on Samsung Note 3 and Sony phones
  • enabled Hindi (Android 4.1+)

To grab the update you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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