Popular cross-platform messenger service WhatsApp is a little behind the times. It's part of the depressingly huge collection of Android apps that ape their iOS counterparts, never aspiring to anything higher. That appears to be close to an end, as the latest beta release of the Android client has a new user interface, and it conforms to the Holo guidelines that the rest of your phone (hopefully) uses. Google+ user Jose Luis de la Torre took some shots of the updated interface. Observe:

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The version in the Google Play Store hasn't been updated yet, so you'll have to go off-market to try out the latest release. The free APK file can be found at this link. The trial period lasts for a year, with a $.99 service charge per year after that - those who have already paid will not be re-charged for using the beta.

By the way, the plaintext security issues that we reported on last year have been fixed, according to WhatsApp, and the exploit application has been removed from the Play Store.

Thanks to @jesus_c31 for the tip!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Jason Banich


    • Daveon Jackson

      Hear ye hear ye I decree that yolo and holo shall never be used in the same sentence ever again, more so with a hashtag. Wut?

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I'm not fan of the dull colours of the app... god knows what kind of colour blind guy made this decision.

  • sam

    man i love this already. I hope they release it soon like very very soon

    • http://www.facebook.com/c4mendizabal Carlos Mendizabal

      You can download it already

  • Whatsup?

    Looks good! much better! Still think it lacks features like the option to not automatically download received files, option to not display log in activity.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523907787 Maxx Tan

      Just go into settings>chat settings and disable automatically download files.

  • http://resaberz.blogspot.com/ Rebornyama

    Not too shabby I guess. And I'm pretty sure we can also use some swiping action in here. :3

  • Gaurav Das

    Is it just me, or does the beta lag while scrolling?

    • RaviShah

      on the contrary I found the beta much smoother than the old version

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.cainv Steve McTravis

    finally !

  • http://twitter.com/nehrou_sama Nehrou W.

    please let there be a dark holo theme for my AMOLED screen

    • http://www.facebook.com/imekp Ketan B. Parmar

      Go for WhatsApp+

    • http://www.facebook.com/ayush3090 Ayush Gupta

      WhatsApp+ is a good idea. Or for the time being you can put a dark wallpaper for the conversation screen :)

  • brararsh

    **It also has expandable Notifications**
    Androud Police you can update it in post..

    • derpherp

      Already had a holo themed whatsapp but you got me at expandable xd

      • mauric

        Great to hear you like my app :D!
        Yeah my work is done there... or is it. It's not perfect yet... I mean blue accents?!

        • brararsh

          Yeah we like it, waiting for the final release..

        • http://www.magmadev.net/giorgio Giorgio Labs

          Very good work, now the app is not only useful but also beautiful... Only another thing: please add the black version for AMOLED screens, it should take a couple of code rows, not more... :-)

        • domo

          Can we please get "recent updates" like bbm..plz!

      • brararsh

        An screenshot for Expandable Notifications..

    • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

      It's just a shame you can't reply from the notification like you can with the default SMS apk.

      • brararsh

        They will eventually include it in future, but I am happy with whatever they have right now..

        • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

          I hope you're right. Then it'll be awesome.

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    Why does download link for iPhone goes to AppStore but Android link doesn't go to PlayStore on their site? Not talking about this beta version. They don't have play store link there at all...!!

    • Sven Leichsenring

      Because the version up on the Play Store does not allow to renew your subscription through Paypal. Only through CC

      • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

        Oh. Makes sense.
        But, those who installed from play store don't have to renew subscription? I never had to buy a subscription. Using since more than a year.

        • Sven Leichsenring

          You can look what your account status is in the options. Back in the days people got life long subscriptions, but now you usually have to subscribe after a year. But mine increased its duration all by itself when it was close to the "deadline".

  • Ivaylo Stoyanov

    DAE love #HOLO?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pravs.bsb Pravs Bsb

    At-last Whatsapp listened :) But still not as breezy & cool as HIKE

  • Laurence

    This is awesome. It feels like after more than a year, the old Ginberbread UI is finally dying.

    As of now, these are the only apps I have on my phone that are still Gingerbread-themed:

    NFL Fantasy

    Vodacom (South African cellular network)
    FNB (South African bank)

    Hope these get fixed soon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/glazzi Leon A-z

      don't forget Navigate!!!

      • bse88

        Opera Mobile use an unfortunately outdated UI.

    • thisislethal

      Try Holo Wikipedia or LoboWiki instead of the official Wikipedia app.

      • Impheatus

        Thanks for suggesting Holo Wikipedia. I had never hear from it and it's a gorgeous app =D

  • Omar Farhat

    I downloaded whatsapp from the link over 5 times and it gives me the old version plz help

    • http://www.magmadev.net/giorgio Giorgio Labs

      Try uninstalling old version and reinstalling the new one

      • yahyoh

        u don't need to uninstalling the old one BTW

    • xmRipper

      You have to be on Android 3.0 or over to get holo theme on apps.

  • Zffhj

    When for iOS?

    • thisislethal

      I think you're in the wrong website.

    • Saffa

      In this page Whatsapp Messenger is only for Android users.

  • Sven Leichsenring

    But does it have an option menu? Currently all the options it once had are gone, like not downloading images automatically.

    • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

      Those options are still there. Main screen -> Options (Chat Settings) -> Auto Download Images

      • Sven Leichsenring

        Hm that is weird. I seriously don't have it for at least two months now. I also did reinstall Whatsapp several times but I still don't have it.

  • http://twitter.com/LiiIiikEaBau5 LiiIiikEaBau5

    LOL! Strange, haven't received any update.

    • Derpherp

      Lol really xD?

      • http://twitter.com/LiiIiikEaBau5 LiiIiikEaBau5

        Yeah, idiot. No update for Norwegian user yet. I have checked on Google Play store, but no update available yet!!!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Lee/100002113292931 John Lee

          Lol !?

  • jalal

    Font is very small. Whyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!

    • jalal

      Dislike or like doesn't matter.. It is very small in nexsus 7

  • Chris L

    Old and busted/New hotness - This made my day!!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/thedeusexmakina [J. B. cyruz]

    Ooh me likey.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    This is a huge improvement. The only thing they're missing is the call button on the action bar next to the attachment button. They add that and they've aced it.

    • Stylus_XL

      Yeah I'm loving this beta, it looks so much better. Thank god developers are widely adopting the Holo UI, the Gingerbread UI was dreadful.

    • http://www.flexlabs.org/ Artiom

      They should just use the standard Contact widget instead of the small photo (the small square photo with a truangle in the corner?). This way you could just click the profile photo and call/e-mail/text from there using the standard Android API

      At least in the new app you can press Menu -> View contact and call from there! :)

  • http://twitter.com/__MaRmAR__ Miro MaRmAR

    WhatsApp is insecure. You should not use it anyways...

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Have they sorted out the file management yet? So many duplicates and clogged up space ruin everything.

  • nikhil sharma

    new jelly bean styled notifications as well...finally!!..and amazing :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    You say snazzy, I say ugly, like most Holo themed apps. I wont be updating.

  • Morrissex

    Looks "similar" to the mods made by certain well-known XDA-Developers User...

  • sinisterc

    English is old and busted. Spanish is the new hotness. Jajajaja.

  • nehrou

    there's been an update btw



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    How to see our profile? I cannot find my own profile and setting. Help me.