A Nokia official displays a new $99 phone in its mid-range Asha line at a launch in New Delhi (Reuters)
Instant messaging application WhatsApp will now be available on the new Nokia Asha platform, starting with Asha 501.
"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.
The messaging service is already available on other Asha phones, which run on the older platform.
Launched in May, Asha 501 is the first device to run on the new Nokia Asha platform.
Nokia said 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.
Nokia said the updated software with WhatsApp will come pre-installed in all new Nokia Asha 501 handsets, set to hit stores on December 5, 2013 and the existing users can update the software through an over-the-air update.
WhatsApp currently has over 350 million monthly active users.