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WhatsApp for Windows Phone gets major new update, loads of new features

Now that Kik is on the sidelines for Windows Phone, WhatsApp has become our default international messaging app on Windows Phone. Luckily for us the WhatsApp team is busy updating and adding new functions to the app, evidently back on their 30-day schedule.

Version 2.9.2 is now live in the Store and it’s the one update you’ve been waiting for, as it really brings this app into its own.

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New features include:

  • Lock screen notification support
  • New Tile design (less cartoony, more Metro)
  • Backup function
  • Hit “enter” as send
  • Mass message
  • New Attachment screen, including Audio, Video, Location, Picture, Camera and Contact
  • Some new UI layout changes

Overall, it’s an impressive update. The lock screen notifications go a long way to improving the app’s usability on Windows Phone 8 and the message backup feature and new layout should also please long time users looking for a more robust experience.

Notifications have been more consistent for us than on Kik and hopefully that will continue with this app update.

Did we miss any new features? Let us know in comments. You can download WhatsApp for free here in the Store. All Windows Phones supported. Thanks, Dennis and others for the tip!

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WhatsApp for Windows Phone gets major new update, loads of new features

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New broadcast is when you type a message and it sends it to everyone on your whatsapp list, new group is when you pick who you want to make a conversation with, so for example in a group could be you, your mum and your dad, or you, your friend #1 and friend #2.

This was not a good update!
If i start to watch a videoclip i received earlier, the whole app hangs and i have to restart the phone! It has also crashed several times when i just scroll through the menus, og or if i enter the settings and try to go back again!
Didn't anyone test this properly before the launched the update!!????

I have a question, I've updated the "Whatsapp" to the latest version, but the tile. still look the same, do not know where the most metro, and in the imagin is that you can use a long tile, is for WP 8?, mine is WP 7.8 and can not.

I've learned that Whatsapp on WP is only stable after every two releases. Or so it has been for about the last six updates. The good thing is, they usually bring out an update soon after to fix the crashes or whatever unstable behaviour the 'big' updates bring in. So I guess I shall wait to see if a new update comes out soon, to sort out the complaints of bugs.

well it ain't perfect there's still a dumb thing that it does with sending images it cant send images from other folder like the screen shot album

I like the new update... however, 3 things that need to improve:
1) It takes much longer to load than the previous version..
2) Add a voice-to-text feature so we can speak out messages
3) I love the Share Location feature, I like to think of it as a game to find interesting/funny locations as I am in different places.  However, the Share Location feature only shows you a certain # of locations around you (like 15-20), it doesn't show more than that.  The iOS version, however, shows you what looks like an infinite number of locations.
 

If its anything similar to how the back up works on iPhone, it means just that. It backs up all your messages and audio files shared, and you can even save kl your convos and send them by email etc.

Thats crazy, this is horribly slow now. I open it up, leave the phone aside and start working on a document on the pc and then it opens up the app!! It frustrates the shit out of me. Many a times I have to just keep pressing back and load it up again :(

The app has become slower than usual. It takes a long while to load. Looks like Whatsapp loves messing up their Windows Phone App

3 issues:
1. App load alot slower now, sometimes even hang on wp8 nokia lumia 920
2. Wide tile sometimes shows the most recent msg, sometimes just a tile number, no consistency
3. Still uses audio api
Fix these please.

I've just updated it on my WP7.8 Lumia800 , and it definitely became much faster and smoother ..with all The Features mentioned being present, except the Lockscreen Notifications of course ...

As it is, the Audio api is sucking the power out of the batteries, they still have not disabled the vibration notification when a new msg arrives, which actually surpases the setting of vibration being disabled in the profile settings.
What was the windows phone development team @ whatsapp was smoking when they decided how to torture the windows phone users?

Crashes on resume and "fast resume" is a joke right? Slow resume or no resume is more like it on my 920

After using this yesterday, I had so much hope, but it continues to use the media stream API & continues to use a significant amount of battery. Windows Phone 8 introduced instant resume, WHY aren't they utilizing that instead? Its so frustrating, especially in an otherwise spectacular app

not big improvments, i have a lumia 710 with 7.8 and lots of features are missed for the windows 8, for example the lock screen notification , 

If you don't press back to quit, says press Windows key, it will stop responding when you go back in.....
 
Poor update I can say...
 

The app has been faster but occasionally on my Lumia 620 opening it seems to stall & there is a long pause. Hope it's not a bug

after I start the app, whenever i use the volume keys there is a music control that shows up. its really annoying because whenever I have music playing, that is replaced by the whatsapp music control!! this has been an issue since the app came out. When can this be fixed? any ideas??

Great update... Thanks to the bigger group picture (but same quality), it's impossible to silence groups... Well done

You did the right thing, it starts up like a pig sometimes, even on my L920.  Took nearly 10 secs at one point. 
Wish I didn't update.

Ok something is really weird... i can check that the version is 2.9.2 the tile has changed and everything but still no lockscreen notification! is there a reason? i tried uninstaling the app and install again... no change! it's not even asking for verification anymore!!! any comment?
 
Thank you

hahaha ... thank god i am content without whatsapp :D
still i was good to know about this update , but then i saw so many problems beings mentioned ... 
come on whatsapp Devs we WP users want a fair treatment :X

Just as crappy as before. Can't believe MS is still letting them get away with the hack of using the music player API to keep WiFi alive, thereby killing battery. And it crashes when trying to add a picture. What a joke.

It appears to have fixed the long load times from the previous update, also appears to fix the crash some users reported

i have (Att)  and its  almost the end of februrary . i was wondering how much longer do we have  to wait for the 7.8 update 

Major drawback of whatsapp for windows is that you can't send Audio file(song etc) or video to your friends as attachment. When you try to attach Audio , it starts Sound recorder and when you try to attach Video file, it starts Camera. So without that it is useless. I 've sent email to  Whatsapp team but no answer. Any body here facing same problem ???

Facing same annoying challenge. I just also discovered that I cannot save a song that a friend sent to me on whatsapp. I have tried searching for the song on the phone by connecting it to a pc without any success. I can only access the song when I go to the profile of the person that sent the song to me, but there are no options to save/share the song. Frustrated..

there's still a backdrop ,cant get any background image as other phones like ios n android has !! ,its just plain like black or white.this should be updated.
 

I would suggest of being able to send audio and/or videos that ate already on the phone, not just newly recorded audio and videos.

Better than before but i stil am not liking it at all.  The screen when messagiong someone is way too small to follow the conversation properly. I have to exit the key board on my 920 to see the convo and then reply.
Also we cannot call the contact directly from the app. 
Maybe i am expecting too muych cominnng from my galaxy s3....??? That should not be the case though,.

Btw, there is still no way u can attach any music or video from ur library on the phone. U can only record a new 1 and send them.. A required feature as other platforms including Symbian as well has it...

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