It is no longer news that Whatsapp has introduced the double blue tick to signify that a message has been read. This feature was quietly introduced by Whatsapp and it has met with a lot of hostility by their users.
Just as quietly, Whatsapp is now allowing it's users on the Android platform to disable this function and will be included in their next update.
However if you cannot wait that long it is already available on Whatsapp's websit and here is the procedure:
1. Make sure that your phone is running on Android 2.1 and above.
2. Go to the Settings menu on your Android phone and enable 'Download From Unknown Sources' in the Security tab. The below image is for the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
4. After downloading the APK file click on 'Install'. This will update the Whatsapp version on your Android phone. The picture below is for Samsung Galaxy Note II.
5. Go to your Whatsapp menu sellect Settings>Account>Privacy. Under the Privacy tab uncheck the 'Read Reciepts' tab. Then you are done.
Note that this feature does not apply to group messages and members of a group will still be able to know when you have read group messages. And also note that if others cannot see your blue ticks you cannot see the blue ticks of others too.
It seems Whatsapp has finally listened to the complaints of their customers.