Popular social media platform WhatsApp is testing a message reactions feature for Android users. According to a report the feature is being released in beta and limited users are allowed to respond to messages with new emoji reactions on WhatsApp. It is said to include a total of six emoji reactions.
According to WABetaInfo, Emoji reactions have previously been available on Instagram and Messenger. WhatsApp has not yet confirmed when the emoji reactions feature will be available to all users. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is now testing the emoji reactions feature for users on WhatsApp Beta for Android 18.104.22.168. Unfortunately, because this appears to be a small test, only certain beta testers are able to respond to messages, but everyone can now see message reactions. As we said earlier users will receive six emoji reactions such as Like, Love, Laugh, Surprised, Sad, and Thanks.
There is no word on whether users will be able to customise or change the emojis used in message reactions. As per the report, WhatsApp beta for Android, WhatsApp beta for iOS, and WhatsApp Desktop beta have all received the ability to manage reaction notifications in recent weeks. On Twitter, the tracker did confirm the ability to respond to messages would be officially released very soon.
If you are unable to respond to messages, don’t worry: a future update will undoubtedly assist you in obtaining the feature.
The WhatsApp message reactions were first seen testing on Android and iOS for months last year. WhatsApp appears to be working on bringing message reaction capabilities to the desktop client in a new development.
Additionally, WhatsApp is working on a new shortcut for editing recipients when submitting a new Status update, which will allow users to select the audience for each update. They have, however, been spotted in beta versions of WhatsApp Desktop and WhatsApp for Android, respectively; both additions are still in the works. This means that users will be unable to update them until they are enabled in beta versions of the app and then in the stable channel. There is no word on when these features will be made available to everyone.
WhatsApp has begun to distribute a new audio call interface to iOS beta users. With the latest compatible WhatsApp for iOS beta 22.214.171.124 upgrade, the capability is now available to select iOS beta testers. Users can now play voice messages and audio files outside of the chat window as a result of the change.
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