WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging service, is now officially available on the Nokia Asha platform.

From Thursday, all Nokia Asha 501 users can download the application through a software update. The new software also comes with a smarter camera experience through ‘swipe’ and one‐touch social sharing.

“Asha 501 will be the first device on the Asha Platform to support WhatsApp. The updated software will offer Asha consumers with a more social experience, building on the previous Fastlane experience. The new interface comes with a single swipe camera, single touch share to Facebook and ability to track Facebook comments and likes right from your Fastlane screen,” Viral Oza, Director-Marketing, Nokia India, said.

The updated software with WhatsApp will come installed in all new Nokia Asha 501 handsets, set to hit the stores on December 5. Existing users can update the software through an over‐the‐air update.

WhatsApp currently has over 350 million monthly active users.

rajesh.kurup@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 21, 2013)
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