WhatsApp emoji reactions detected, chat bubble redesign also seen on iOS

WhatsApp is working on message reactions and a new screenshot shows how this can work when started. Reactions to messages or emoji reactions, as they are also known, will allow users to react to specific text in a conversation with an emoji. The screenshot suggests that users can use any emoji for reactions. The instant messaging app is also reportedly working on the redesign of the chat balloon for iOS users, a UI change that has already been introduced for Android beta users. In addition, it also intends to expand the new archiving interface for users of multi-device functions.

Starting with reactions, WhatsApp features the WABetaInfo tracker shared a screenshot of what these reactions might look like when they’re released. Reactions will appear below the chat balloon in a short dialog and will not be anonymous, so everyone in the conversation can see who reacted to a specific message. The screenshot shows that it will be possible to react using any emoji the user wants. This screenshot of emoji reactions was taken from WhatsApp for iOS, but the tracker says it is also in development for Android users. This feature is still under development, so users even on the latest beta versions won’t be able to identify it yet.

WhatsApp is also working on a new chat bubble design for iOS users, says Resource Tracker. It was deployed to Android beta users with the WhatsApp for Android 2.21.13.2 beta and is now in development for iOS users. However, it has not yet been enabled for iOS beta testers. The new design features a more rounded chat bubble and a new green color.

Lastly, WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is also working to bring the new archiving feature to desktop users across multiple devices. The new archive does not automatically unarchive users’ archived chats when new messages arrive. It’s only available to WhatsApp Web and Desktop users today, but WhatsApp has enabled it for when desktop users also use multiple devices. This is currently being implemented with the beta version 2.2135.1 of WhatsApp Desktop and can be commercially implemented after some testing.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. His reporting experience spans smartphones, wearables, apps, social media and the entire tech industry. She reports from Mumbai and also writes about the ups and downs of the Indian telecommunications industry. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. Most

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