Popular messaging app WhatsApp keeps on getting new features every now and then that make it more user-friendly. Last week, we had reported that the app has got support for ‘Show in chat’, ‘Rotate’ and ‘Forward’ shortcuts in its beta version. And now, another beta version of the Facebook-owned messaging app has surfaced that gets a new emoji layout along with fingerprint and Face ID recognition to the app.
WhatsApp‘s latest beta version (2.19.21) is now available for download via the Google Play Store and it features a new emoji layout for 21 existing emojis. While you may not see any drastic changes to the emojis, there are some subtle changes in the colours and the designs of the emoji pack.
We should mention that WABetaInfo, a Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp’s beta versions, had earlier reported that WhatsApp is working on an update to improve the layout of its 357 emojis as a part of the 2.18.384 beta update. But then, as soon as the messaging app rolled out its 2.18.384 beta update, it was followed by another update that reads as version 2.19.21.
Besides the new layout, WhatsApp is also expected to get support for fingerprint and facial recognition-based authentication system with its latest beta version 2.19.21. It is worth noticing that as of now, the feature does not work, but reports suggest that the instant messaging app will enable the feature when the stable version of 2.19.21 is ready to be rolled out to the masses.
WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.21: what's new?
New layout for 21 emojis, and new info about the Authentication feature!https://t.co/7x9uqGdzXf
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) January 25, 2019
The feature will reportedly work similarly to how most app lockers work. So, whenever you open WhatsApp, you will be asked to scan your fingerprint or allow the selfie camera to recognise your face.
Even earlier reports suggest that WhatsApp is working on its fingerprint authentication feature since the beginning of the month. However, the feature isn’t ready even to be rolled out in the beta version of the app yet. However, once an update comes to WhatsApp’s beta version, it usually doesn’t take very long for them to be rolled out in a stable update to the masses. So, we are expecting to see the new features to come to all WhatsApp users soon.