WhatsApp beta for Android: Dark mode, animated stickers

Joanna Estrada
January 19, 2020

It is the latest in a series of outages to hit the Facebook-owned app, with a major incident in March previous year leaving users cut off for almost an entire day.

WhatsApp, the popular messaging application is now not working properly on both iOS and Android platforms worldwide.

Millions of users were unable to share videos, photos and GIFs, audio and stickers and several of those said they were even unable to view WhatsApp Status feature.

Reports indicate that Europe was the most affected. "How to ruin a really good app.?" The top Twitter trend in India is #whatsappdown as users described the problems they experienced with the app.

As with most Android applications that reach large amounts of installs, this number does not just include downloads from the Play Store, but also pre-installed copies like Samsung and Huawei has bundled the app with some smartphones in the past, AndroidPolice reported.

There's no word on what is causing the issues or when things will be back to normal.

In an interview with Forbes, Acton had openly expressed his distress over Facebook's plans for WhatsApp and his disagreement with the decision to monetise the platform through ads.

WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp updates, has spotted some developments in the latest beta update that hint at the arrival of animated stickers soon.

Separately, WhatsApp is also working to introduce a new "Delete Messages" feature (also referred to as "Disappearing Messages") that automatically deletes sent messages after a pre-determined time period.

"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future".

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