Who doesn’t use WhatsApp nowadays? It seems nearly nobody. This popular instant messaging application has reached in August 900 million active monthly users who, through this app, exchange messages, pictures, make Voice Calls and much more. Many platforms support this app, which can currently be used on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone smartphones.These are the most famous, but we must not forget that you can enjoy WhatsApp also on other kind of devices, and Symbian is one of them.
In the last few days there were some news for Symbian users, who can now download a new beta version of WhatsApp. Version 2.12.128 has been released (the last one was version 2.12.100) and, along with some usual bug fixes, it doesn’t bring any change-log, at least not officially. Anyway, you can download this new version of WhatsApp from the official web site of the app. So, what actually changes? As we were saying, there aren’t any change log or any new features. But performances of chat and media have been improved, especially for the loading time of phones like Nokia N8.
To download the new WhatsApp update on your Symbian phone first of all you have to be connected to the internet. Then you need to launch WhatsApp. Once you have opened the app (which has a built in update checker completed by an updater function) you simply have to go to Menu > Settings > Updates > Check for updates. At this point, after a while, WhatsApp will show you if there is an available update. If so you have to click on the “Install update” button, and you will have the upgrade installed on your device.
Even if it seems not a great change in itself, nevertheless it represents something really remarkable, as WhatsApp is maybe the only app for Symbian which is still regularly updated. In fact, the developers of the other apps stopped improving their apps due to the end of the mobile OS. Symbian is still used by millions of people, particularly in Africa and Asia, where Symbian 3 Bell based phones are still used. At the moment developers can’t update any app through the Nokia Store (OVI) as Microsoft has already suspended every online service related to Symbian.