WhatsApp, the insanely popular cross-platform messaging app, is about to get the update Windows Phone users have been waiting for. The current experience lags behind that of the Android and iOS version as there is no proper support for multi-tasking and image support is ropey.
WPCentral has obtained pictures and information about the next update, v2.9.69. The service is finally embracing Microsoft's multi-tasking APIs, instead of leaving a song "streaming" to open the connection to the WhatsApp server. According to the update notes, the WhatsApp developers have completely "rewritten our background agent code for increased performance." WhatsApp now appears in the background tasks settings, too.
WhatsApp for Windows Phone has also been updated to include large image support, so inline images are easier to see. "Fast resume" has also been added along with notification fixes.
Nokia has been working with the WhatsApp team to improve the service and this may be the outcome. The updates make the app far more useable on Windows Phone, especially for heavy WhatsApp users who like to send and receive a lot of pictures or leave the app running all day long.
WPCentral also reports that WhatsApp responded over an issue they found with geotagging a user's location without permission. WhatsApp is working with Microsoft on a fix, but cannot provide an ETA.
Source: WPCentral | Images via My Nokia Blog and WPCentral