One of the features Facebook introduced a few years ago are “reactions”, which allows users to respond to posts and comments with an emoji, which in some cases might be better than just typing a response out. The company brought the feature over to Instagram’s DMs and Messenger, and now it looks like WhatsApp is on the cusp of receiving it as well.
According to a report from WABetaInfo, it looks like the latest WhatsApp beta for Android has finally introduced reactions to the app. We had previously heard that the company was working on the feature, and now it looks like it’s available in beta where a larger group of users will be able to test it out.
It is unclear when WhatsApp will be pushing out the feature for non-beta users, but presumably with it being in beta, it probably shouldn’t take too long before it will be available to the public. The feature appears to be similar to Facebook reactions where users can tap and hold on a message and then be able to choose from one of several reactions available.
Right now, the beta shows reactions like the heart emoji, the thumbs up emoji, the laughing emoji, the shocked face emoji, the crying face emoji, and a pair of hands (which some say is a high-five, while others say it’s a praying gesture).