WhatsApp updated, includes new privacy settings and more

by: Andrew GrushMarch 11, 2014

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.

  • Mozaik

    No matter what anyone says but whatsapp is growing popularly , specially in India. Its like sms is gone past the old days.

  • oh that’s quite a lot.

    • Android Developer

      quite a lot of what?
      those are very minor updates.
      they should stop storing files on the device and move to the cloud.
      they should also stop limiting the files being sent and stop dowscaling images .
      they should also add audio calls, video calls, and SMS like other apps do, and allow to use the PC and tablets for those who wish to.

  • Ris

    I switched to the Telegram :)

    • Android Developer

      Wish I could too.
      I’ve installed it in case more people would switch to it.
      Hope to see video calls and audio calls on it soon, so that I won’t even need skype/viber/hangouts .
      Also I think Google should buy them somehow.

    • Clint McKay

      Same here :)

  • Rooney-

    lol..stupid thing..if i block my last seen feature, neither will i be able to see others!!

    • Clint McKay

      That’s not nice! Snooping is our birth right but we ourselves shall never be snooped upon :D

      • Rooney-

        Ha ha,,, hence i veto this update :p

  • Clint McKay

    Buhuhuhuhahahhaa :D I switched to Telegram the day FB took over Whatsapp. So mehhh for the updates :P