04
Aug
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WhatsApp has become a social staple in many countries around the world. Where I live, it's either use WhatsApp or be a social reject... so everyone uses it. However, by relying on the app for all of your messaging and communication needs, you have to accept that its new Android-specific features will come at the developers' whim. Thankfully, they didn't take long to update the app for Android Wear.

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Version 2.11.318 of WhatsApp has been made available for download on the official website. This is the usual way this developer seeds new releases before updating the app in the Play Store. It's not labelled as a beta, but that's essentially how it's treated. It implements many features that Android Wear users like me have been eager to have.

  • Complete message preview: instead of seeing a truncated notification, you now get the entire message displayed on your watch. It even shows you the individual sender's name in a group conversation.
  • Stacked notifications: if you get several WhatsApp messages, you will be able to expand them and read each one separately.
  • Voice replies: by swiping, you get the option to dictate a reply to the message thread.

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The implementation isn't flawless yet (probably the reason why this is still a limited release). The two main issues I have encountered happen when you dictate a voice reply: the WhatsApp app opens on the phone and the notification disappears from the watch. There's no reason why the app should come to the foreground and the notification should remain until you manually dismiss it.

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Nonetheless, WhatsApp's support for Android Wear is now leaps and bounds ahead of what it used to be, and almost on par with Hangouts. It's one more reason to talk to our wrists, raise our geek cred, and lower our social acceptance. Yay?!

Source: KickedFace via Reddit

Rita El Khoury
Rita is a pharmacist by profession, a geek by passion. Her love story with Android started in 2009 and has been going stronger with every update, device, tip, app, and game. She lives in Lebanon, speaks three languages, and watches a lot of TV series.

  • Bill Anderson

    Unfortunately this update does NOT improve support for the Pebble. All I still get is "Message from John Smith" with no message... Hate that.

    • Walkop

      Android Wear is here to stay.

      Pebble isn't.

  • Daniel Traynor

    I am using 2.11.319

    • Omkar Dani

      same here... I dont know why they took it down to 315

      • Daniel Traynor

        Version 2.11.320 now available.

        • http://bit.ly/khouryrt khouryrt

          Says 315 on the website, but when installed 318 for me. I think all versions have these features though.

  • Dave

    Yeah, now only a proper Wear device (I'm looking at you Moto 360!) is missing :D

  • Francesco de Lange

    But their application icon still looks blurred and crappy even though almost everyone has a high-res screen.

    • Daniel Traynor

      I noticed they'd recently (slightly) changed the app icon?

      • black

        I think it's more "roundy" at the edges, but I don't have my glasses on right now to confirm.

        • http://about.me/barrae Maximiliano Barra E.

          And also a little bit more bright, I guess.

  • siddude11

    Love to see the name of my Blog "Kickedface" here. Thank you AndroidPolice. :)

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  • http://www.techdroid.in/ TechDroid

    Android Police there is also a new feature to hide chats in the new update. Archive Conversations. This will hide the chat and the user can gain access to the archived chat by searching the person(s) name in the WhatsApp chat list or messaging him or her.

    This addition came in 2.11.315 update.

    You can add this in the post and link http://www.TechDroid.in rather than comment ;)

    • Dave

      Is there also a message history available now?
      So, can you scroll through a chat on the watch?

      • http://www.techdroid.in/ TechDroid

        About the watch I can't say as I haven't tried it yet. For that you can ask @siddude11:disqus, he can solve your query.

  • ash

    If AP had taken new colour for WhatsApp's logo which is light green instead of dark

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  • Gregory

    I don't get why people are using messenger apps such as Whatsapp when there are social networks...

    • Robbie Khan

      WhatsApp works by using your phone number as the connect medium. Social networks use friend lists and log on usernames. You can communicate with anyone on your phonebook if they too use WhatsApp. No need to sign in, no need to go through any process, it just works and works really well.

      Social networks are not the same thing and not everyone has a social network account on the same platform as the rest of their contacts.

    • qc

      Probably because some people like to communicate directly with others instead of leaving a stupid post for the world to see.

      • Lars Jeppesen

        But then whatsapp only works on devices with a sim. No wifi tablet, no desktop, no laptop....

        Sucks major big time

        • Sashank Narayan

          Yeah that sucks. They should allow activation on a tablet using if you have a phone to receive the activation code.

      • Gregory

        Most social networks have messaging functionality.

    • Sashank Narayan

      Also, you can send multiple photos and videos easily with WhatsApp, along with contacts, location, short voice messages etc. It's an all-rounder. Its security though, that's another issue.

  • aouniat

    Love to see the name of someone from my country here. I mean Rita El Khoury :)

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt Rita El Khoury

      :)

  • frafri

    When will the Moto 360 be out :) ?

  • T-Rex

    Now let us answer to notifications...

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