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WhatsApp finally brings reactions to messages with emojis

Users will be able react to messages in your chats WhatsApp with six different emojis in the beta version for Android. This feature is similar to message reactions on Facebook Messenger and Instagram, platforms that are also part of Goal.

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With more than two billion users worldwide, WhatsApp is adding reactions to beta version 2.22.8.2 of the application, as reported WABetaInfo, a trusted source for upcoming messaging platform features.

How reactions are used

With a long press on a message received, the feature allows users to react with one of six emoji: thumbs up, heart, crying, laughing, surprised face or hands together (usually understood as “thank you”). WhatsApp appears to be rolling out the feature to Android in stages.

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In this way, if someone feels affection towards the words sent by one of their contacts, they only have to press and hold the message for a couple of seconds and choose the “drawing” that most represents said feeling (for example, a heart).

It should be noted that, for now, to use it you need to be part of the beta. When the trial periods end, it will be released generically and periodically to users in all regions, which could take weeks or months.

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According WABetaInfo, Although not everyone can react, if among your contacts there is a lucky one who is part of the beta, it is possible to see said reactions in the messages.

In addition to its appearance on Android, there are signs that emoji reactions are also on the way for desktop and iOS apps. Earlier in January, the WhatsApp beta app on iOS had a setting change to control “Reaction Notifications,” and a similar setting appeared in the beta version of the desktop app earlier this month.

group reactions

One of the most interesting details of this new update is that the reactions will also be available in the groups, so a message can have several reactions from different people within these collective chats.

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According to a previous publication of the same site, the number of reactions will be seen in a bubble below the message, and will show the most used emoticons, as currently seen in Facebook posts.

“Messages can have an infinite amount of reactions, but if you have more than 999 reactions, it will read ‘999+’”said WABetaInfo months before.

Emoji reactions have become commonplace on other services inside and outside Meta, like Telegram, Google Messages, and even Twitter direct messages. Now, finally, one of the world’s most popular messaging apps is getting into the action.

According to WhatsApp, each month its platform registers an average of “100 billion messages”, in addition to “one billion calls every day”; figures that of course demonstrate the power that this application shows in the midst of the same in its category.

The platform recently added a new feature consisting of use the audio player in the background on iOS. This means that users can do other things on the application while listening to what is sent to it, or also what is received. For example, it will be possible to write in a chat to respond to something urgent without having to stop the audio playback of another chat.

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