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.
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American country music legend Kenny Rogers has died aged 81.
A family representative said he “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes”.
Rogers topped pop and country charts during the 1970s and 1980s, and won three Grammy awards.
Known for his husky voice and ballads including The Gambler, Lucille and
Coward Of The County, his career spanned more than six decades.
He once summed up his popularity by explaining that he believed his songs “say what every man wants to say and that every woman wants to hear”.
After growing up in poverty on a federal housing estate in Houston, Texas,
Rogers began recording. with a string of bands, including Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, before launching his
solo career in 1976.
Kenny Rogers prepares to hang up his microphone
He was never a favourite of music critics, but became one of the most successful pop-country crossover acts of all time, and the 10th best-selling male artist in US history in terms
of album sales.
He collaborated with other country music legends during his career, including Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson.
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