Since the launch of Asha 501 handset, Nokia had been teasing the users saying that the popular instant messaging app WhatsApp would soon come to the device. But months passed. Now finally the company has brought the messaging app support to the Asha 501.
However, users will have to download it from the store following the over-the-air software update that will start to roll out this week. The app is not only limited to Asha 501 but the company has also said that it will come pre-loaded in other devices- Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 Dual SIM later this year.
After you download the WhatsApp in your Asha 501 device and log in for the first time, your phone will automatically find and add contacts who are already using the messaging service which the app normally does.
The app also comes with emoticons and users can also add photographs and video files in their message, or record and send voice messages.
The app also features a message notifications which appears on the screen when somebody sends you a message to you.
Moreover, since Nokia Asha 501 is quite popular because of its 'Fastlane' feature you'll also be able to see the app there. Thus opening the app won't be a big deal.
"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 OTA update which brings WhatsApp support to the device will also bring option to edit photos directly with a range of new filters and effects and users can directly upload the images on social networks such as Facebook or send as an e-mail.
The Nokia Asha 501 users will get a notification for the over-the-Air (OTA) update, which will start to roll out this week.
Check out the official video below: