Instant messaging application WhatsApp will now be available on Nokia Asha phones, which run on the new platform, starting with Asha 501. Launched in May, Nokia Asha 501 is the first device to run on the new platform.

People are already using this messaging service on other Asha phones, which run on the older platform.

“Starting November 21, all Nokia Asha 501 users can download the IM (instant messaging) application through a software update,” the company said in a statement.

AS declared by Nokia the new software also comes with a one-touch social sharing and a more intuitive home screen.

“Asha 501 will be the first device on the Asha Platform to support WhatsApp. 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,” Nokia India Director Marketing Viral Oza said.

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New Nokia Asha 501 handsets, expected to hit the stores on December 5, will come with updated software and WhatsApp pre-installed in it. As far as existing users are concerned, they can update the software through an over-the-air update.

WhatsApp currently has over 350 million monthly active users.

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