WhatsApp introduced one of the first major changes this year. The company is currently beta-testing notifications for message reactions, as per WABetaInfo, an independent online portal that shares news on WhatsApp updates.
The latest update appears in the newest beta (version 22.2. 72) on iOS. WhatsApp’s notification settings now include a new option called “reactions notifications”. These reactions can be enabled or disabled by users. It is currently available to iOS beta users. If it receives positive responses, it may be added to the main iOS version. Users will not yet be able react to messages, but that feature could change in the near future.
This is a follow-up to WhatsApp’s “message reaction” feature, which was seemingly in development in November 2021. This feature allows users to respond to messages using a set of emojis instead of text messages. This is likely an attempt to catch up to Apple’s iMessage reactions, which were launched in late 2016.
At the moment, it is currently unknown when these changes would appear in the Android Beta version. The latest Android beta update introduced a voice player feature. This allows users to view their note in an interface that includes a progress bar and the ability to pause, resume, or dismiss it at their leisure. Considering that these changes were introduced in the iOS beta three months ago, it is possible that the message notifications update will reach beta Android users by April 2022.
WhatsApp made a string of major updates to its messaging service in 2021, including multidevice adaptability and end-to-end encryption for online backups. The Meta-owned messenger also began beta testing a new interface for voice calls and testing a new shortcut for quick replies on its Business version toward the end of December 2021.
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