Having used the Lumia 820 for well over two weeks, one thing I was really irritated about was the performance of WhatsApp on it. Far from being a full-fledged app, it felt more like a half-baked alpha version that had more bugs hidden inside it than features. That however might be history since we seem to have a new version of WhatsApp being made available for Windows Phone devices. Unfortunately, the review unit of the Lumia 820 which I had with me has gone back to Nokia so no actual testing of these new features as of now.
Anyway the fresh update endows the much maligned app a host of new feature additions. These include a brand new lock screen notification support, a much better, redesigned tile design that gels well with the spruced up look on Windows Phone 8 and the all-important ability to back up text messages.
Users tired of having to hit the “send” button to send the messages can heave a sigh of relief since the application now integrates the “Enter to send” functionality. You can now also mass message all your friends in one go with the mass message functionality. While the ability to attach files was present in the earlier version too, the UI of the procedure has been changed now and is much more presentable. Apart from these, there are a bunch of minor tweaks to the UI that you would notice once you start using it regularly. From what I garnered from the user comments, the new version still is a battery hog. That is kinda sad, no?
I hope to get a hands-on of the same when I hopefully manage to get myself a Lumia 920 which I am expecting soon!