WhatsApp was seen working on message reactions to allow users to express their emotions in response to messages they receive on the app. It could be similar to how reactions are available on platforms like iMessage, Instagram, and Twitter. The reactions to messages on WhatsApp could be a further step for the Facebook-owned company to improve the communication experience on its platform. WhatsApp has so far allowed its users to express their emotions in a chat thread using stickers, GIFs and emojis.
According to a report Through WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is currently testing the reactions to messages internally. This means that regular users and even beta testers will not be able to take advantage of the feature at this time.
However, WABetaInfo shared a screenshot that suggests a message would appear when a user is using an older version of WhatsApp that doesn’t support reactions. In this case, the user would be prompted to update the app to see the reactions they received on a particular message.
WABetaInfo reports that the post suggesting incompatibility with older versions of WhatsApp could be the first step towards activating reactions on the platform.
The screenshot shared online is from a beta version of WhatsApp for Android. However, WABetaInfo says that the reactions to the messages would not only be limited to Android, but would also be available on WhatsApp for iPhone and Web / Desktop customers.
Platforms like Twitter and iMessage allow users to express their emotions by adding reactions to the messages they receive. Likewise, Facebook’s Instagram and Messenger apps also allow their consumers to react to messages. WhatsApp therefore apparently tries to emulate this experience by allowing reactions on its platform.
In 2018, WhatsApp added stickers to its platform to allow users to express their emotions using different sticker packs. He enhanced that experience by bringing in animated stickers last year.
Besides stickers, WhatsApp offers GIFs and emojis on the platform to help users express their emotions in chats.