WhatsApp Android beta brings dozens of new emoji

Emojis, there are thousands of them and yet you always seem to be looking for that one emoji that doesn’t exist yet. Did we have to wait this long to have a facepalm or crossed fingers? I guess we did.

The latest WhatsappWhatsApp beta build on Android makes sure you’re up to date on all the latest tiny glyphs, mainly those introduced with Unicode 9 and Android 7.1 (as well as iOS 10.2). These include choice emoji like a clown, bacon, a shrug, the David Bowie lookalikes, and many more.

You don’t need to be running Android 7.1 to try the emoji; WhatsApp is just making sure you can all partake in the same pictorial conversations. As usual, these are in the iOS glossy style, rather than the flat blobs used by Android. (On a related note, I vastly prefer Android emoji to iOS – why doesn’t WhatsApp give you a choice?)

Recently , WhatsApp for Android beta added support for new Unicode 9 emojis with the version 2.17.44. The emojis were earlier available for iOS 10.2 users, while Google rolled out the same in the Android 7.1 Nougat update. However, the emojis will be available for all Android users, whether they have Android 7.1 Nougat running on their devices or not.

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging platform with over 1 billion users. The messaging app is reportedly working on new feature that will allows users in a group chat to be able to broadcast their live location to each other.

The popular messaging App also added new features like video calling, GIF support and easy call forwarding with its latest updates. A recent iOS update of the app brought the ability to queue messages when an Internet connection is absent, and also brought a new storage usage screen along with the ability to share 30 photos or video in a go.


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