Update: We’ve just found out that the new version has also started showing emoji of all ethnicities just like the web and iOS versions of the service.
Original Story: WhatsApp for Android has been blessed with a set of new updates, the latest among which seems to be steady enough for its developers to stop its update-issuing spree. The instant messaging application from the Facebook-owned company has been blessed with a flurry of new features that look to give you more control over its offerings.
Prime among the new WhatsApp additions is the custom notifications menu that can be spotted when you open the details page of a particular contact or group. Here, you can choose to Mute a person’s chat for 8 hours, 1 week or a year just like how you Mute group conversations.
What’s even more interesting is that now you can set custom notification tones, vibration lengths and LED lights for all contacts or groups, apart from deciding whether or not you want popup notifications. Ringtones and vibration settings for WhatsApp calls can also be customized.
This fresh update brings with it a ‘Mark as Unread’ feature as well. You can tap and hold on a particular conversation to mark it as unread in case you want to be reminded about it later. This thankfully does not affect the read messages in any way, as just a green appears alongside the chat to signify that it has been marked as unread.
The makers of WhatsApp have also blessed its voice calling functionality with a low data consumption option. We’re not sure how it works, but it can be activated through the Settings menu by entering ‘Chats and calls’ tab.
The new update for WhatsApp on Android is live now, but it should take some time to reach the Play Store. As Android Police has pointed out however, eager souls can download the APK through this link.