We covered the mysterious release of a public beta version of WhatsApp just a few days ago, and it seems as though our newest beta on the block has just been bumped to version 2.11.282.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because it should. The “normal” edition of the app received this same update (version number and all) just a couple of days ago, on the same day the public beta version was discovered.
That particular update fixed a few issues related to the app’s “clear chat history” feature along with some miscellaneous bug fixes. The beta version does not (and we can assume will not) have an official changelog to go by, but it’s safe to say this update should provide the same thing. Since the beta is still very new, we can also infer that is the reason why the public edition received the aforementioned update first.
Before you decide to take the beta plunge, it’s worth noting that, as with all betas, you’ll likely have to put up with a few bugs, issues, and maybe some inconsistencies before the application graduates and is thrust out into the real world (although it’s running perfectly fine on both the Lumia 822 and Lumia 520 in our tests).
You will not be able to be signed in to the official version and the beta version simultaneously, so you’ll have to get rid of one (they both say WhatsApp as shown in the screenshot, so it can be confusing to have both).
If you’re okay with this, you can get the beta version here.