A minor update in the latest WhatsApp beta version (2.17.330) for Android makes the app a little more personal.
If you don’t have any active chats in the chat list, you’ll see the names and profile pictures of three contacts. Also you’ll see the total number of contacts you have on WhatsApp.
However, it’s not very useful. To start a new chat, you still need to click on the ‘new chat’ icon at the bottom right.
The new feature was spotted first by WABetaInfo and will be released for stable versions soon.
Also new is the phone icon at the top left in voice calls. This used to be the WhatsApp logo.