WhatsApp today released a new update for is stable
version of the application on Windows Phone and Windows 10
Mobile. The latest update comes with new features which have
already been tested on the Beta version of the application. The
update bumps the app to new version 2.18.88.
The latest update comes with the privacy rules which the
company had incorporated last week. The privacy related changes
have been incorporated mainly for the European users who are
above 16 years of age.
The European users get a notification after updating the app,
once accepted they will be able to use the application on their
Windows Phone. The new option is available in the settings
section of the application.
Another new feature which is now available for all WhatsApp
Windows Phone users is the option of “Request Account Info”.
The option will help the users in getting the information that
has been collected by WhatsApp. You will be able to download
the data once it is made available.
WhatsApp will send you a notification once the data is ready
for download and users will also be able to move the data to
another service. The “Request Account Info” option can be found
in the settings section of the application.
Along with introduction of GDPR related changes and Account
Info download option, WhatsApp has made a minor change to the
“Blocked contacts”. The Blocked contacts has now been renamed
to “Manage Blocked contacts”.
The WhatsApp team has also added new set of emojis to the
Windows Application which were already available on iOS and
Android. The Windows Phone users will now be able to correctly
view the emojis received by their friends and family on their
Earlier the Windows Phone users were not able to view the
particular emoji sent from iPhone and Android devices as it
appeared as a blank rectangular box. This will now change and
the emojis will appear correctly to let the Windows Phone users
react according to the received emoji.
The “Live Location” feature is also been added to the stable
version of the application which is currently disabled by
default and we expect the company to enable the option very
soon via a server update since the Live Location feature has
also not yet made it to the Beta application for Windows Phone.
Apart from the major new features the WhatsApp team has also
made it a point to fix some under the hood bugs and improve the
performance of the application. The latest update for the
WhatsApp application is currently live and you can download it
by going to the Microsoft Store.