WhatsApp Beta Available for Android!

| September 13, 2010 | 8 Replies

Finally, a beta of WhatsApp has arrived for Android. For those of you that don’t know, WhatsApp is an instant messaging application similar to Kik Messenger or PingChat. It uses data (or Wi-Fi!) instead of SMS – good for those that like to text but don’t like to pay for unlimited SMS plans. Luckily, it’s a cross platform app, available for iPhone and BlackBerries, as well as a beta for Android and Symbian S60. Some of WhatsApps best features are;

- typing notifications in conversation

- single checkmark for sent, double for recieved

- file sharing

- data sent and received in WhatsApp

- automatically adds anyone in your contact list using WhatsApp to your contact list

- No PIN numbers or account names to memorize!

Future features will include contact pictures and / or profiles, as well as some other interesting features available to our iPhone and BlackBerry counterparts. WhatsApp does however, come with a pricetag, on all OS’; .99 cents in the App Store, a free 90 day trial in App World, and is not listed in the App Market or Ovi Market yet. WhatsApp also charges a $1.99 per year subscription fee after the 90 day trial, however this is a small price to pay for such a well laid out and well designed service. This works out to about $0.008 per day, which really, really isn’t asking much! So feel free to head over to What’sApps site, and let us know what you think in the comment section!

  • Josh Kelly says:

    This offers features similar to BlackBerry Messenger; which is handy, as GTalk isn’t a full replacement. The file sharing alone easily trumps GTalk, and like stated in the article, the lack of usernames / emails / PINs makes it much, much easier to have people in your list. Also, as Wayne stated, this brings a great cross platform messenger to the table, loaded with more features than GTalk natively includes.

  • ice says:

    I don’t get it, what is the point of using whats app, don’t we already have gtalk? It’s free and better..

    • WJD says:

      might be a great bridge across different platforms in chat – BB to iPhone to Android etc.

    • Josh Kelly says:

      This offers features similar to BlackBerry Messenger; which is handy, as GTalk isn’t a full replacement. The file sharing alone easily trumps GTalk, and like stated in the article, the lack of usernames / emails / PINs makes it much, much easier to have people in your list. Also, as Wayne stated, this brings a great cross platform messenger to the table, loaded with more features than GTalk natively includes.