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    Posted December 7, 2013 by
    Mangalore, India
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    WhatsApp updated for iPhone, brings new iOS 7-style UI and more

    WhatsApp, the popular mobile instant messaging service, has updated its iOS app bringing the
    redesigned iOS 7 user interface. The new update (2.11.5) also brings improved location sharing using the 3D maps.
    Some of the new features introduced in the new version of WhatsApp for iPhone include a new broadcast list, allows users to send a message to a group of friends at once; brings overhauled interface for managing blocked contacts; larger thumbnails view; crop image feature before sending; new notifications alerts and sounds, and the default use of device's text size. The new update also introduces a new set of icons and chat bubbles.
    The WhatsApp app is now offered as a free download, although new users would be charged $0.99 every year after getting one year of free access to the service, similar to how the service is offered on other platforms.
    Not too long ago, WhatsApp updated its iPhone app adding support for iCloud chat history backup, restore functionality and sending multiple images at the same time. With the iCloud backup functionality, users are now able to have the option to back-up their message history to iCloud, Apple's cloud service. With the update, WhatsApp also changed its monetization model for the service on iPhone.
    Earlier, WhatsApp claimed worldwide active user base of 300 million, with 20 million active users in India. WhatsApp also introduced push-to-talk voice messaging in the app on all mobile platforms including Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia (Series 40 and Symbian), and Windows Phone.

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