WhatsApp is working on sending reactions to messages, spotted on Desktop Beta


WhatsApp may offer the message reactions feature in a future release, according to the latest report. The feature is currently in development and will allow users to instantly assign an emoji “reaction” to a message. Note that this feature is supported by other Meta owned products like Face and Instagram. Telegram also allows its users to react to a specific message using emojis.

Reactions to WhatsApp messages were first spotted last year on Android and iOS for months. In a new development, WhatsApp appears to be working to bring message reaction capabilities to the desktop client. According to a snapshot posted by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo of the WhatsApp Desktop beta, the feature is not yet available for beta testers as it is still in development.

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As seen in this snapshot, you can reply to messages by selecting one of six different emojis. We knew this before from previous posts, but the reply button is a new addition. When the cursor is close to a chat or group message, a new reply button will appear. You can reply to the message by pressing the reply button. The feature is still under development, but the fact that WhatsApp is finally working on it today suggests that it won’t be long.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp is developing a new shortcut to change recipients when submitting a new status update, allowing users to choose the audience for each update. But they were seen on beta versions of WhatsApp Desktop and WhatsApp for Android, respectively, both additions are still in progress. This implies that users will not be able to update them until they are activated in the betas of the application and then in the stable channel. There is no information on when these features will be available to everyone.

WhatsApp has started rolling out a new audio call interface for iOS beta users. The news comes just days after an upgrade to an iOS device, including iPhone and iPad models, allowed users to play voicemail messages in the background. The feature is now accessible for select iOS beta testers with the latest WhatsApp compatible upgrade for iOS beta As a result of this change, users can now play voicemails and audio files outside of the chat window.

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