WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.116: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.19.116.
But what features has WhatsApp added in this update?
Let’s find out together the news ..


  • The new Emojis Category feature, in the Doodle Picker, is not available yet.
  • WhatsApp is working to improve the feature, that’s currently under development, and I don’t know when it will be available. For this reason, there is not any issue if you have updated WhatsApp and you don’t see the feature enabled.

In the 2.19.106 beta update WhatsApp has released new improvements for the Doodle Picker. Stickers and Emojis are now grouped by tabs, in order to find them quickly, and a search button was added.
In the 2.19.110 beta update, we learnt that WhatsApp is going to support their official emojis set in the Doodle Picker very soon, but today WhatsApp started to work on something else to improve the feature.

In this screenshot you can see the official emojis set designed by WhatsApp (as mentioned above, they started to work on it in the 2.19.110 beta update and it’s not available yet), and a new emojis category bar, that will help to quickly find an emoji opening its category.
We have no idea when WhatsApp is going to enable these improvements for beta testers.
This feature is not available yet for development reasons but, when it will be enabled, I’m going to immediately announce it: stay tuned!



In the 2.19.101 beta update, WhatsApp moved the Archived Chats option in the main side menu:

But, in the 2.19.116, they moved the option back to bottom!
We don’t know why WhatsApp restored that feature, maybe they are going to move it again in the menu when the Ignore Archived Chats option (Vacation Mode) will be enabled for everyone.


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