WhatsApp for Windows Phone 7

WhatsApp is a cross platform IM application for different smartphone OS. It was previously available on Android, iOS, Symbian and Blackberry. Needless to say Windows Phone users were left out and were not entirely happy for being constantly ignored. After all it had been nearly a year since the OS was released. However in WhatsApp’s defence, WP7 didn’t have the necessary APIs that the developers needed access to in order for the app to work. That is no longer true anymore. With Mango update, Microsoft has given access to appropriate APIs which makes developing IM applications for WP7 possible.

Compared to its Android or iOS sibling, WhatsApp on Windows Phone 7 is quite bare looking. There are hardly any settings and not a lot you can change. On first start up it’ll ask you to verify your phone number and upon launch it will search through your contacts list for other WhatsApp users. It’s pretty straightforward to use. The app follows the Metro UI and color scheme. Version 1.2 brought landscape support, which would come in handy with QWERTY equipped phones like the HTC 7 Pro. There are a few jitters here and there but as a whole the app is pretty smooth and light on system resources. The developer has promised future updates, which should bring in more settings and customization. And since this is a Mango only app you can rest assure you’ll get toast notifications on time without too much delay. There’s no live tile support as of yet. Overall I’m pleased with the effort and the fact that WP7 users finally have this app that’s being used by millions of people on other platforms. Here’s hoping it gets the needed updates sooner rather than later.

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