WhatsApp has been a lighter instant messaging app for almost every mobile platform (Java S40, S60, Android, iOS, Windows, RIM etc). Its regular updates have been maintained even before Facebook acquired it, so it is not a matter of Facebook overdo.
I have seen people criticize how often WhatsApp releases it app updates within months following disconnection until its recent update has been welcomed. WhatsApp updates is a part of versioning control in other to keep track of bugs fixes and better user experience.
But, does it really annoys you? Well, there are cool and sad part about WhatsApp regular updates. It is not just WhatsApp, other major apps do maintain regular versioning too. But there is a distinct difference when compared to other apps.
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The cool part about WhatsApp regular updates
It provides users with cool features and bug fixes on existing installation. Since this year, WhatsApp has release at least five new features which include;
- WhatsApp Web
- Star chats
- Quote chats
- Text formatting – bold, italics, strike through
- Video calling with beta testers
- Group name mentions
- Photo editing with smileys, text and more
All these features work with recent update WhatsApp releases at those time. These bug fixes can be incompatibility with Android version variants.
On the other hand, one thing i can say about WhatsApp regular updates is expiration – users are disconnected prior to the expiration. This has been the cause of much hatred for its app updates. I have thought that user’s experience is a choice to be made by the users and not a thing of compulsory follow up. Just like other apps, users won’t get disconnected on release of new app updates. It is now left for them to decide updating their apps.
Why users complain is as a result of having no access to Play Store. Some Android users have no Google account to take advantage of the apps in its store. They sometimes get WhatsApp app from friends or mirror links from the web. They wouldn’t like taking them back to start looking for an update before they could chat with friends.
Although, getting installed apps updated has been a cool practice since it smoothens users experience and engagements on Android. Notwithstanding, some app updates suck! but WhatsApp really don’t.
WhatsApp recent updates don’t necessarily suck unless for low data plans. If you use a low data bundle plan, try to get newest WhatsApp from friends who do update theirs. WhatsApp has wanted its users to have the best experience one could get using its messenger app.
Should you need a custom WhatsApp app that does not expire, you may need GBWhatsApp Plus.