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WhatsApp updated, includes new privacy settings and more

WhatsApp is getting a new update that adds a few new privacy features and the ability to pay for your friends and family members’ subscriptions.
March 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.