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WhatsApp Updated with Dozens of New Icons, Download It Early Here!

Authored by: Steven Blum — Oct 1, 2012

With over 50,000,000 downloads, WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps ever offered on Google Play. Now the incredibly fun messaging app has been updated with a bunch of new icons to help you visually explain yourself via text message. The icons will help you better portray your moods, talk about the food you just ate, or just help you write a super silly message to a friend using an afro, kebab and an eggplant. 

In addition to more vegetables and hairstyles, the icons also now include moons and suns, numbers and clocks, and birds and bees. You can post numbers, religious iconography and half-moons (for DiVinci Code-themed text messages) or just send an angry cat face. It's so much easier than actually talking, right? The update also saves your most-used icons for easy-access in a new tab.

You can download the preview version of the updated app over at XDA-Developers as an APK file here. It is located under the in the box marked "Attached Files." It'll install itself over your existing version of WhatsApp and all of your settings will be retained. Or, if that's too much of a hassle, you can wait just a little bit for the official update to roll-out via Google Play.

Overall, we think this substantial update will cement WhatsApp's position at the tippy top of the pile of messenger apps out there. The app is still free to download and seems to remain free forever, even though there was some question over whether the developers charge users after the first year.

In other words, it's never been easier to maintain a relationship with someone just by sending them pig snouts and turtles. Hooray!

Update: Alternately, you can download the new WhatsApp directly from the WhatsApp website right here. 

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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    Hehe i found that like yesterday or something. Weird that it's not up to date on Google Play.

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