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WhatsApp now official for Android, free for first year

WhatsApp Messenger is now officially available on Android Market and it is FREE for the first year. As comparison, Blackberry users pay US$1.99/year with 90 days free trial while iPhone users pay a one time US$0.99. Nokia users however are also paying US$1.99/year but they similarly get to enjoy it free for the first year as well. So it is quite likely Android users will pay $1.99 after that.

According to WhatsApp via twitter, the new Android version features Google’s c2dm which is “cloud-2-device” push service. This helps to reduce battery consumption for extended battery life.

So what are you waiting for? You can search it up on the Market or download via AppBrain here.

In another update, there’s a new version for Nokia users that supports WiFi. To download the latest WhatsApp 2.1.15 for Nokia, click here.