WhatsApp beta for Android 2.18.138: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.18.138.
But what features has WhatsApp added in this update?
Let’s find out together what is it ..



WhatsApp has registered a new domain: wa.me.
This domain is a shortlink of api.whatsapp.com and it can be used to quickly open a chat in WhatsApp, following this structure: https://wa.me/14155552671.
WhatsApp for Android 2.18.138 successfully recognizes the wa.me shortlink: it means the chat will be automatically opened without using the browser.
If you want to use wa.me and you have an old WhatsApp version installed, you will be redirected to api.whatsapp.com in your browser.

Every time you use wa.me or api.whatsapp.com, WhatsApp checks if you are trying to open a chat with an existing WhatsApp user.
If you try to open a chat with an uncorrected WhatsApp phone number, WhatsApp will notify you:


Since WhatsApp beta for Android 2.18.133, WhatsApp was working on a new feature called Top Emoji that shows you the most searched emojis from you.


WhatsApp has added the Search Emoji feature in the 2.17.202 update the last year, but the app didn’t show the most searched emojis, because it just showed the emojis once the user was searching them.
Thanks to recent improvements, WhatsApp shows the most searched emojis from you now.

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