WhatsApp: Android app now with its own widget for home and lock screen

Germany's favorite Messenger is known WhatsApp and therefore are also small updates to the app for many users of interest. Now the developers have integrated a new feature specifically for Android: a widget that can be placed on the home screen and the lock screen and indicates the last conversations.

WhatsApp: Android app now with its own widget for home and lock screen[Update:] Caschy colleague points out in the comments that this feature is already integrated for around two weeks. Strictly speaking, this feature is therefore nothing new, but already in the currently available via Play Store version available. We regret the error.

Widgets are still a specialty of Android and one of the reasons why the operating system is so popular. With widgets you can already see information from an app, even without that these are open - a placeable by the user "window" on the home screen or, since Android 4.2, also on the lockscreen.

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From left: Lockscreen widget selection of WhatsApp, the WhatsApp widget on the lockscreen and homescreen

WhatsApp fans will be pleased that they for Android finally obtained with the recently published app version 2.11.163 a widget for your favorite messenger. In this recent conversations are displayed with unread messages, with a tap brings you into the conversation. It would be desirable that have already been read current conversations are listed, or to display the contact pictures would be visually appealing - here you have to hope for an update. The widget is but overall fortunately restrained designed and meets the Holo design recommendations from Google.


For Android beginners: How to place a widget on the home screen, varies from device to device. Either you maneuvered into the app launcher, change there to tab "widgets" and places the WhatsApp widget by long press on the home screen, or you groping right and hold an empty spot on the home screen and then selects the item "Widgets".

Who wants to have this new feature immediately, the latest WhatsApp version can get directly from the server, the developer (link below). Otherwise, the new feature is most likely in the next few days an update from Google Play Store on the device.

Note: To download the WhatsApp update the APK file on the manufacturer's site, you first option must activate the security settings of the Android device that you can install apps from unknown or untrusted sources. After installation, however as usual receive further updates on the Play Store.

download: WhatsApp for Android (APK, manufacturer page)
WhatsApp for Android (APK, manufacturer page) qr code

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