One of the biggest breakthroughs in communication platforms and one of the most popular to date has to be the multi-device compatible WhatsApp. For those that are unfamiliar of the app, it allows users to message other users across Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices. RIM already has a similar application with their BlackBerry Messenger yet as an alternative still offer the WhatsApp app on their platform, which according to today’s news has just got even better.
The good folk over at BGR were the source of this news as they received a preview copy of the BlackBerry smartphones’ latest version of WhatsApp. They suggest the entire app has been refreshed bringing a whole new user interface to the app to start with, amongst other improved features. They also claim the new interface is one of the best you can find on a BlackBerry product.
The other features of the app that have been noticeably updated for the RIM devices include a more light and natural feel to the five basic WhatsApp tabs; settings, status, contacts, favorites and chats. One of these changes is the addition of an ‘intuitive’ context button which is now located on the top tab bar’s right side. It changes and offers useful shortcuts depending on what tab you’re on. For example it becomes an add a friend button when on the settings tab, add a status when on the status tab and start a new chat button when in the chats tab.
Despite BGR’s overall praise for the preview there were a few issues they found with the new version of the app which they hope will be addressed once it has started rolling out. For starters the rows that list contacts and favorites are very narrow making them difficult to select with the touchscreen and the touchscreen tab area buttons are very small which could lead to users selecting the wrong ones.
What do you think of the new version of WhatsApp for BlackBerry?