WhatsApp updates app for Android Wear support with non-beta compatibility

Cesar Ian S. Fuentes – Fourth Estate Cooperative Tech Contributor

Mountain View, CA, United States (4E) – WhatsApp is arguably the biggest instant messaging service in today’s smartphone boom. After it has been acquired by Facebook, there’s little to know about the app’s roadmap. The social media giant loaded up a sum of USD 19 billion to buy the five-year messaging app. The purchase has stirred the rest of the blogosphere due to the fact that the previously 55-manned company pocketed a significant amount of money from not just any company, but Facebook.

And since the release of the Android Wear earlier this year, the nifty instant messaging app already released another significant update for Android Wear which now supports richer notifications on your wrist even when you’re not using the beta version.

The new build 2.11.362 offers several enhancements to the main app in terms of the wearable’s messaging performance. You can now have the capability of full long message viewing, slide navigation for stacked messages and dedicated voice tool for instant reply.

Dismissing messages can now also be done with a simple swipe gesture just like in any other in-watch notifications. This update also seals the occasional bug fixes and improved message reliability.

Nevertheless, WhatsApp’s support for Android Wear adds another leap from what we have accustomed to. Aside from what have been noted, there are no significant aesthetic changes with the popular app. In your smartphone, you can still download it for free if you have Android 2.1 or higher versions.

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