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  1. Lance_WPCentral's Avatar
    Whatsapp for Windows Phone 8 was last updated in early January 2014. Its been over 4 months now and there is no update in sight.

    We all know Whatsapp by far is the most dominating messaging app on all the smart phone platforms viz. Android, iOS and Windows Phone. All I see is Windows phone users struggling in despair with bugs and screaming for an update. I have also seen users ready to leave Windows Phones because they are frustrated with Whatsapp and the way things are going. If you contact support asking when an update is scheduled you get a standard format reply every time (I'm sure all of you'll know what I'm taking about).

    According to me I believe Whatsapp dev team lacks knowledge on how to go about with a release. They are trying to fix all the bugs, add several new features in just one go. Instead they should have first focused on ironing out the bugs people currently face, then release a few features, check for stability and fix bugs, then add few more features and so on. This way it would have been better and users would have been a lot more happier.

    Now days Whatsapp has become such a key app in everyone's life that when they consider a switch of platform the first thing they check or inquire about is how good Whatsapp is. Currently its pathetic and hence many are reluctant for a change.

    Considering all the above said, I personally feel Whatsapp is spoiling the face of Windows Phone. This doesn't look good for the MS ecosystem. How ever much MS struggles to improve their OS and services, if Whatsapp fails it would hurt a lot.

    So what do you guys have to say about this ?
    05-14-2014 11:06 AM
  2. gkrew's Avatar
    what are the issues? I do not have any whatsapp issues on my Lumia 928
    Himanshu Chowdhary likes this.
    05-14-2014 11:26 AM
  3. iamtim's Avatar
    I've never used WhatsApp and never plan to use it. So... it's not spoiling it for me.
    05-14-2014 11:28 AM
  4. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    It isn't just Whatsapp - it is all apps for that matter. None of them are up to the mark. WP8.1 and apps just don't work. Be it native Microsoft apps or third party. It is unfair to expect whatsapp update when Microsoft's Skype is in 2011. WP8.1 is to apps, what WP7.8 was to WP7.5 users - broken.
    05-14-2014 11:28 AM
  5. krox1105's Avatar
    what are the issues? I do not have any whatsapp issues on my Lumia 928
    Delayed Notifications, General Sluggishness, No Background wallpaper support, no option to hide last seen status, Battery drain, Messing with the Audio API (in WP7.8)...

    I could go on but i think these are enough for a start.

    PS. I would like to mention General sluggishness again.
    05-14-2014 11:31 AM
  6. Ebuka Allison's Avatar
    It isn't just Whatsapp - it is all apps for that matter. None of them are up to the mark. WP8.1 and apps just don't work. Be it native Microsoft apps or third party. It is unfair to expect whatsapp update when Microsoft's Skype is in 2011. WP8.1 is to apps, what WP7.8 was to WP7.5 users - broken.
    I'm pretty sure apps do work...
    05-14-2014 11:31 AM
  7. Himanshu Chowdhary's Avatar
    windows phone 8.1 is still in developer preview state , it isn't available to users who haven't opted for DP. Whatsapp developers have managed to build a solid app (its in private beta ) which includes chat background , audio upload , media upload ? . I think they are waiting for windows phone 8.1 to hit all handsets later this summer
    Jazmac and Guytronic like this.
    05-14-2014 12:04 PM
  8. Jan Tomsic's Avatar
    I don't have any problems with whatsapp, It happened a couple of times that messages didn't get delivered (instantly) but that's it. I'm perfectly happy with whatsapp on WP, I don't know what everyone's complaining about.
    05-14-2014 12:18 PM
  9. Sagar Limaye's Avatar
    I don't have any problems with whatsapp, It happened a couple of times that messages didn't get delivered (instantly) but that's it. I'm perfectly happy with whatsapp on WP, I don't know what everyone's complaining about.
    Poor performance, no backgrounds, no auto-save media, no "last seen" hiding etc.
    05-14-2014 12:25 PM
  10. Himanshu Chowdhary's Avatar
    Poor performance, no backgrounds, no auto-save media, no "last seen" hiding etc.
    They all are present in beta app , have patience they will seed the app soon in windows phone store :)
    Guytronic and sisqo88 like this.
    05-14-2014 12:26 PM
  11. itshimanshu's Avatar
    I left using WhatsApp.using hike instead.
    05-14-2014 12:27 PM
  12. afgzee's Avatar
    Whatsapp is very basic, but I still have that "connectivity issue" bug that's been going on for months, since last year. I have began using viber and its much more fun to use with a lot more features, although it is slow to load up compared to whatsapp.
    05-14-2014 05:38 PM
  13. Lance_WPCentral's Avatar
    I don't have any problems with whatsapp, It happened a couple of times that messages didn't get delivered (instantly) but that's it. I'm perfectly happy with whatsapp on WP, I don't know what everyone's complaining about.
    Everyone doesn't have the same phone as you mate. You may be lucky. If you see the Official Whatsapp thread, there are several users there reporting bugs that they are facing.

    I left using WhatsApp.using hike instead.
    Amongst my friend circle, no one uses hike, Line and We Chat. Almost all my friends have Android phones where Whatsapp is very stable. So if I switch to any of the other messaging apps it makes no sense as I will be totally isolated.
    Guytronic likes this.
    05-15-2014 01:38 AM
  14. Citizen X's Avatar
    what are the issues? I do not have any whatsapp issues on my Lumia 928
    ^This.

    I have a 1520 and Whatsapp works almost perfectly on my 1520. An issue I have run into is when I need to send a screen shot I have to do it through whatsapp. When I do it through the screenshot folder Whatsapp isn't shown as an option for sharing. There are a couple of other niggles that bother me but that's about it. Considering this app is saving me $15 a month I hardly think those minor inconveniences are enough to have a meltdown or slander the programmers.
    05-15-2014 10:01 AM
  15. Arka1412's Avatar
    I totally agree with u..Many people I know are ready to dump WP due this Whatsapp..Its been 4 long months and still no update is available.Release of an update has nothing to do with OS versions..So people don't give lame excuses
    05-15-2014 02:25 PM
  16. thron's Avatar
    Just updated to 8.1 & as expected.. Notifications are broke. So people have gone back to txting to reach me since I'm not replying to whatsapp quick enough..

    If anything, the delay in updates could hurt whatsapp more than microsoft/windows phone.

    I will not be switching platforms just for an app.
    05-15-2014 02:40 PM
  17. iamtim's Avatar
    Many people I know are ready to dump WP due this Whatsapp
    Which means there'd be fewer people on WPC whinging about WhatsApp? Hmm... might be worth it.

    Its been 4 long months and still no update is available
    So what do you want or expect Microsoft - or WPC for that matter - to do about it? Go clobber the developers until they submit? Pay them off?

    If the WhatsApp developers don't want to support Windows Phone there's nothing anyone can do about it except the WhatsApp developers. And the best way to NOT change their mind is to dump the platform for one with a better WhatsApp app; that will only insure that WP doesn't get features, updates, or a well supported app.
    05-15-2014 02:45 PM
  18. AV2RY's Avatar
    I'm not missing any feature on WhatsApp, I just wish they fix few problems:
    - Static sound from speaker (on 8.1) eats battery like a monster
    -taking picture in portrait mode within app
    -And crashing when you try to check older conversation (after about 4 pages)

    But i don't have notification problems anymore. It's always on time
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    05-15-2014 02:56 PM
  19. Jazmac's Avatar
    Seems to work fine for me on my 920
    Himanshu Chowdhary likes this.
    05-15-2014 03:08 PM
  20. Reebs Reebs's Avatar
    OK. Here's why I totally agree with OP. My wife loved how my 925 looks and she hates Google's privacy policies, so she decided to get a 925. She HATES WhatsApp and tells me that she would like to go back to Android if WhatsApp isn't updated in the next couple of months.

    I see her point. We heavily rely on WhatsApp for communicating with our family and friends back home and coming from Android, the WP version SUCKS. I put up with it because I'm a bigger fan of MS to leave WP because of it. Others don't necessarily want to keep up with it especially if that's a major reason why they have a smart phone.

    Here's what's wrong with it:
      • Unreliable messages delivery
      • When typing, the keyboard covers 80% of the screen and one can only read 2 messages (partly because MS' keyboard is oversized, and partly because WhatsApp has a bottom row to always visible to attach a file and access settings.
      • Ugly interface
      • NO differentiation of contacts by color. Meaning in a group chat, every contact doesn't get their own color to quickly differentiate them. You would have to read the name on each message
      • If you share a photo from chat -> to camera the photo taken doesn't keep the original ratios (very annoying)
      • Lack of miscellaneous functionality that honestly won't bother me if they're not added, but there are a few and I'm sure others listed many of them.

    05-15-2014 09:43 PM
  21. Reebs Reebs's Avatar
    Which means there'd be fewer people on WPC whinging about WhatsApp? Hmm... might be worth it.



    So what do you want or expect Microsoft - or WPC for that matter - to do about it? Go clobber the developers until they submit? Pay them off?

    If the WhatsApp developers don't want to support Windows Phone there's nothing anyone can do about it except the WhatsApp developers. And the best way to NOT change their mind is to dump the platform for one with a better WhatsApp app; that will only insure that WP doesn't get features, updates, or a well supported app.
    Well, no one expect WPC to do anything about it, but they can certainly feature an article about the lack of features and stability of the most used messaging app in the world right now. Something titled "The 19 billion dollar messaging company can't get its WP app to be worth a buck" or "WhatsWrong with WhatsApp on WP".

    Also, you know how always the front page article end of an open ended question? They could ask, "so WP fans, why do you keep up with this crap?"

    WhatsApp is always being defended on WPC.. So I wouldn't expect that.
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    05-15-2014 09:52 PM
  22. Pierre Blackwell's Avatar
    I would have to agree with the consensus of the crowd and say that I haven't experienced really any issues on Whatsapp either using the 920 or 1520. Most of the issues are common across the spectrum of devices and ecosystems. However most free mms/sms services are easily accessible and can easily upload your current contact database. I also use Kiki, and Viber. If it's too hard for your social network to download another simple sms app, then you might be better not talking to them...jk. Seriously it shouldn't be that big of a deal, and with Facebook heavily involved you can best believe WP will ensure they maximize the utilization and integration.
    05-15-2014 10:28 PM
  23. Pierre Blackwell's Avatar
    As for the backgrounds...windows phone has never been known for messaging backgrounds. I don't look at that as a performance flaw. Maybe a customization limitation, but that's it.
    Citizen X likes this.
    05-15-2014 10:32 PM
  24. Markham Ranja's Avatar
    Just updated to 8.1 & as expected.. Notifications are broke. So people have gone back to txting to reach me since I'm not replying to whatsapp quick enough..

    If anything, the delay in updates could hurt whatsapp more than microsoft/windows phone.

    I will not be switching platforms just for an app.
    Lol @ whatsapp more than WP

    WP controls 3% of global smartphone marketshare. EVERY user of WP could leave Whatsapp and they probably wouldn't even notice.

    And it's much more than an "app". It's become a mini social network in and of itself. Why do you think FB paid $19B?
    05-15-2014 11:33 PM
  25. Markham Ranja's Avatar
    Well, no one expect WPC to do anything about it, but they can certainly feature an article about the lack of features and stability of the most used messaging app in the world right now. Something titled "The 19 billion dollar messaging company can't get its WP app to be worth a buck" or "WhatsWrong with WhatsApp on WP".
    Nobody would really care. May be worth a laugh to Zuck, though

    Also, you know how always the front page article end of an open ended question? They could ask, "so WP fans, why do you keep up with this crap?"

    WhatsApp is always being defended on WPC.. So I wouldn't expect that.
    Because WPcentral users (most of them at least) are not full-time MS employees and have friends/family etc, with whom they would like to stay in touch? Whatsapp is basically ubiquitous in some of Europe and most of APAC. It's the only way I have to keep in touch with my friends and family who are in many different locations.
    05-15-2014 11:36 PM
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