For long, social media users have fallen in love with the dark theme mode feature in most apps and the demand for WhatsApp dark mode even growing more. The latest app beta now has the native dark theme, which all but confirms the fact that we are matter of months or maybe weeks away from experiencing it on a full scale.
Many WhatsApp users are rather disappointed that many other apps were getting dark theme yet the app has been strolling. It is not like dark mode is a new technology—major apps including Facebook Messenger and a host of others have welcomed it in the recent past.
WhatsApp Dark Theme Mode Coming Your Way
For now, one won’t be able to access the dark theme experience unless of course they had previously signed up as a beta tester. That is what it takes to see the new theme; but we trust this won’t remain that way for long.
However, you can skip the long wait and side load the APK file to get the dark theme on your device. No word on exact date when dark mode will be available for a wider audience.
Meanwhile, the Facebook-owned messaging app has hit 5 billion plus installs on the Play Store—and this is not coming as a surprise considering the Facebook factor. The story of the app has been one of success from the very first time it burst into limelight in 2009.
Facebook is the only other app besides Google’s preinstalled app that comes with Android phones that has been able to cross the 5 billion plus install on the Play Store. This new milestone confirms WhatsApp as the second most popular app among all apps owned by Facebook.
Instagram and Messenger both have 1 billion plus downloads on the Play Store, while WhatsApp Business launched in 2019 is far behind with 100 million installs. With over 1.5 billion monthly users, WhatsApp remains the undisputed king in terms of the most used messaging app in many countries around the world.
Created in 2009, WhatsApp made money initially from download fees and then a $0.99 annual subscription, but Facebook made the platform free after acquiring it. In 2018 Facebook unveiled plans to generate more revenue from the app that included selling ads.
WhatsApp now catches up with it’s long time rival Telegram in the dark mode feature despite the fact that Telegram has varying dark mode options for one to choose from.
It seems like good times have finally arrived for those who just love everything dark.
Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Programs Manager at the Craft Silicon Foundation. He loves writing about sports, politics and news around the globe and Inspiring new young people!!