WhatsApp Rolls out for Nokia Asha 501 users [with New software update]

WhatsApp, the enormously popular instant messaging service, will now be officially available on the Nokia Asha platform. Starting 21st November, all Nokia Asha 501 users can download the IM application through a software update.

WhatsApp for Nokia Asha 501

The new software also comes with a smarter camera experience through ‘swipe’ and one-touch social sharing, and a more intuitive and social Fastlane home screen.

The updated software with WhatsApp will come pre-installed in all new Nokia Asha 501 handsets, set to hit stores on December 5, 2013. Existing users can update the software through an over-the-air update.

“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,” said Viral Oza, Director Marketing, Nokia India.

WhatsApp currently has over 350 million monthly active users. Speaking recently at Nokia World 2013, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said that about 250,000 users per day are registering for WhatsApp using Nokia devices, including Nokia Asha and Lumia handsets.

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

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Sanjay Bafna is an entrepreneur and National Editor at TelecomTALK covering Mobile Operators, 3G, Broadband, 4G, LTE, Telecom Policies & Regulations and Mobile Phones. He is well known Telecom and Mobile Analyst, Love Tea and Chocolates.

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  • Gudguy November 22, 2013 11:04 am, 11:04 AM

    CRAp phone so are its feature and what hell feature infact no feature just got some looks and the update is also a big crap just supports whatsapp and nothing special better guys dont waste ur father’s money on this phone go for other options shame on nokia

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  • Vivek Krishnan November 21, 2013 10:37 pm, 10:37 PM

    Got the phone updated – which took about 30 ~ 45 minutes for a 6.9 MB update – I guess Nokia servers were being hammered. Apart from that, the new shiny WhatsApp logo came which asked me to install the app.

    Also, a Nokia store update came up – yet to see whats new with this.

    Sadly, Nokia should give us Google/Hotmail contact and calender sync ASAP. This would not have been a big deal a few years back, but today, with the ability to sync our contacts and calenders in the cloud – it is a big deal. I have made a calender which contains the birthdays/anniversaries/function dates, etc and is shared with my family

    Also, the contacts app has been updated to allow VoIP accounts – a good move. The options available are : tpad, peoplefone, pennytel, mondotalk, mo-call, localphone, ippi, friendcaller, alonia and nimbuzz out. Plus you can enter your own VoIP account details.

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