WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 18.104.22.168.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing 21 new emojis from Unicode 15.0, for some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||21 new emojis|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to get the same feature after installing the previous 126.96.36.199 update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature has been released to some beta testers and more activations are planned over the coming days.|
|Thanks:||FastenM, Sc, David Trejo, rubiokarim, and Swakshan, for testing and reporting!|
|How to join the community on WhatsApp?||WABetaInfo Community|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52: what’s new? The push name replaces the phone number within the chat list when you receive a message from an unknown contact in a group chat!|
21 NEW EMOJIS
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 update, we shared information about 8 tweaked emojis and 21 new emojis from the Unicode 15.0. However, those 21 new emojis were not visible within the keyboard as they were under development, but it was already possible to send them by using an alternate keyboard. Finally, thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update available on the Google Play Store, some beta testers may be able to see them within the official WhatsApp keyboard:
As you can see in this screenshot, it is now possible to send those 21 emojis from the latest Unicode 15.0 right within the official WhatsApp keyboard so it is no longer needed to download and use a different keyboard to send them. The introduction of new emojis finally eliminates the problem that caused confusion among users, as they could receive these emojis but were unable to send them without workarounds.
Note that, as reported above, certain users may be able to see those new emojis right within the official WhatsApp keyboard even on different versions of the app starting today, but it is still recommended to keep WhatsApp updated to the latest version in order to increase the chances of getting the feature enabled for your account.
21 new emojis are available for some beta testers that install the latest updates of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Play Store, and they are rolling out to even more people over the coming days.
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