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INSTANT MESSAGING APP Whatsapp has been given a shiny update that brings it in line with Apple's iOS 7 user interface design.
Working with the new iOS 7 touch keyboard and using many of the same design features seen across Apple's latest mobile operating system, Whatsapp update 2.11.5 not only has a new iOS 7 user interface but also some other welcome features, including "broadcast lists".
This tool allows you to communicate with your classmates, work colleagues or friends by messaging many people at once. These people have to have your phone number in their contact lists for this feature to work, however.
To be more streamlined with other apps on iOS 7 the app will now use your device text size as configured in iOS 7 Settings. The user interface also allows you to manage your blocked contacts in chat settings as well as crop images before sending them.
The update also brings improved share locations with a 3D map view, allowing you to hide places and search places.
Earlier this year, Whatsapp added a voice messaging feature similar to the one that was recently introduced by Facebook, as it announced that it has 300 million active users, with these users sending and receiving around 11 billion and 20 billion messages per day, respectively.
These numbers have increased from the 10 billion and 17 billion figures that Whatsapp announced in June. µ
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