Whatsapp messenger now available in Urdu


If you haven’t already, the last update for Whatsapp messenger for your Android phone has a few key upgrades, foremost among which is the arrival of Urdu.

“WhatsApp is now available in Urdu (on Android)!“ said Brian Acton, Co-Founder of WhatsApp in a statement on Wednesday, according to ProPakistani.

The update, which was released late in August, requires users to change the language setting on their smartphone to Urdu before they can start using the app in Urdu.


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Whatsapp Urdu translation administrator Ahsan Saeed had said in July that the translation process had taken three years to complete, while the final moderation process took three months. The whole process was driven by volunteers.


“I translated 753 strings and moderated 2,089 strings in less than three months and made Urdu [the]18th language in which WhatsApp for Android has been fully translated,” Saeed had said in a Facebook post.

The translation means that you will be able to type in the Devanagari script for Urdu rather than the Roman format many had been using thus far.

Whatsapp also included the Pakistan flag as an emoji in that update.

In addition to Urdu, the latest version also adds support for Bengali.

The update, which was released late in August, also has a key security upgrade which prevents hackers from taking over your device by exploiting a flaw in the web version of WhatsApp whereby they could hide a malicious code in seemingly innocent “vCards” containing contact information.

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