WhatsApp for Android: the new 2.16.278 Beta version adds some new features

A per Android beta 2 16 278A new Beta version of WhatsApp is available for Android users. As usual, also this latest version of WhatsApp for Android devices brings bug fixes and performance improvements, but that’s not all because the addition of some new features seems to confirm that WhatsAppers will soon be able to use the much awaited Video Calling feature. Why? What is changing with this latest 2.16.278 version of WhatsApp for Android devices?

Some new icons for video calls have been added. Isn’t it awesome? Furthermore, the APK (installation) file has been decreased by 10KB. There is also a huge amount of modified files: over 1160 (files related mainly to icons, emoji and optimizations). As we said, there are 5 new icons, all of them related to the video calling feature. That said, let’s see how you can install this updated version of WhatsApp on your Android device.

If you are already a Beta Tester, you can easily download this 2.16.278 Beta from the Google Play Store. If you are not yet a Beta Tester, you can become one simply opening the Google Play Store webpage and tapping on the “BECOME A TESTER” button. Now you can open the official Android store and search for the latest WhatsApp Beta. Once you’ve found the Beta you want to download, you can install it on your Android device.

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If it’s true that WhatsApp is getting more improvements, on the other hand users have to pay attention to frauds more than ever and today we have news about a new scam that is targeting specifically WhatsApp users. Let’s see how it works. This time fraudsters are sending a message to WhatsApp users telling that their accounts will be deleted unless they forward the message to all their contacts. This message is sent by these criminals with the clear intention to obtain access to more WhatsApp accounts for future scams.

This is the text of the message: “We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list, If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill.

If you receive a message like this, first of all you should remember that WhatsApp is a free service, so you always have to be suspicious if someone asks for your money. It is also advisable to report the incident to WhatsApp or to Action Fraud.

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