WhatsApp test feature to let users react with any emoji: report
WhatsApp recently added a feature that allows users to react to messages with emoji, as have other Meta-owned social media platforms like Instagram. Currently, you can react to WhatsApp messages with a choice of six different emojis. But according to WaBetaInfo, that’s about to change with WhatsApp testing a feature that will allow users to access the entire library of emojis to react to messages.
Currently, Meta-owned Instagram and Messenger allow users to react to messages with a similar set of six emojis. But on both of these platforms, there’s a “plus” symbol at the end of the emoji array. Once a user clicks on it, they can then react to the message with any emoji from the full emoji library.
WaBetaInfo had originally reported some references to a similar capability during the initial rollout of Message Reactions to WhatsApp Android Beta 22.214.171.124, but have not been able to confirm this so far. But with the WhatsApp beta update for Android 126.96.36.199, the option to select any emoji from the entire library is clearly visible.
Screen recordings obtained by the WhatsApp news portal show how users can click on the plus symbol right next to the emoji board in order to access the full emoji library.
Recently, the instant messaging service was seen testing a feature that would allow users to see WhatsApp Status updates directly from the chat. This was another feature that seemed to come straight from Instagram. Once this update has been rolled out more widely, users will no longer have to go to the “Status” tab to view other people’s stories. This could potentially drive more users to check status updates on WhatsApp. While many of WhatsApp’s recent updates and features seemed to be aimed at increasing user privacy and security, some, like the emoji reaction and stories chat feature, seemed to be aimed at increasing user engagement.