WhatsApp is working on message reactions!

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After releasing one of the most requested features, multi-device, WhatsApp is working on new messaging features, and we’re very happy to announce the first one today!

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Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Message reactions
Status? Under development
Availability? This feature will be available in a future update for beta testers.
I’ve installed the latest update but I don’t see this feature, why? Seen that this feature is under development, it’s not ready for the public, but you can discover a preview here.
Previous news? WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.18.1: what’s new? New colors are available for beta testers today!
MESSAGE REACTIONS

Well, you have read the headline and it says all: WhatsApp is really working on message reactions! Even if WhatsApp is an instant messaging app, this was a very unexpected move: recently we have seen a lot of new features, but it’s been a long time since we don’t see anything whole new about messaging. Today we can finally announce one of the first messaging features that’s coming on WhatsApp: reactions!
You already know what is a reaction: it’s usually an emoji that you can place on a message to express emotions. Instagram, Twitter, iMessage already support message reactions and today we can start to discover the progress of their development.
As a first step, WhatsApp is working on a message to present when the user is using an outdated version of WhatsApp that does not support receiving reactions. In this case, the user cannot see the reaction but WhatsApp will present a different message, asking to update WhatsApp to see the reaction:

This is the first step, but the screenshot is very clear: WhatsApp will support message reactions and we’re excited to show you more details in the next weeks.
How does a reaction look on WhatsApp? Seen that this feature is under development, we have to wait for new updates to show it. And even if the screenshot is taken from WhatsApp beta for Android, WhatsApp will obviously implement this feature on WhatsApp for iOS and Web/Desktop as well.
Stay tuned following WABetaInfo on Twitter to know all the changes implemented on WhatsApp beta versions and more, also because there is more to discover about new messaging features!

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