Whatsapp is testing a feature which would let users ‘react’ to messages.
The feature of using emojis to express one’s reaction is already a common feature across major social apps such as Facebook.
Whatsapp Lags Behind
One would expect one of the world’s most popular apps to have the simple feature like its peers- Instagram, Twitter, Signal, Slack, and Facebook Messenger- do.
But users could typically react to messages only by quoting it and then adding an emoji.
The new feature should make the experience much more streamlined for WhatsApp users.
Leaked Sneak Peek
WABetainfo, which tracks developments in Whatsapp, came across a screenshot.
In the screenshot, a message is received which reads “You received a reaction. Update your version of WhatsApp to see reactions.”
This is evidently an older version of the app.
The feature is expected to be available in a future update for beta testers.
When the feature will eventually roll out en masse is anybody’s guess since the company is notorious for testing features for several months before even deciding to release it.
Other Features In Development
Other features the chat app is working on include the option of auto deleting messages after 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days.
Another potential feature involves a shortcut button for users to send payments through WhatsApp Pay.
Chat backups could become more secure through end-to-end encryption.
Earlier the feature was available only for chats.
A single Whatsapp account could soon become accessible in multiple devices simultaneously.
It should be noted that the support does not extend to more than 1 phone but rather Web, Desktop, and Portal.
The feature is being developed for iPad and Android tablets also.