WhatsApp appears to allow users to apply their favorite emojis as message responses. The new development appears just days after WhatsApp was spotted adding message responses to its platform that would be similar to how you can respond to messages that make it to iMessage, Twitter, and even Facebook’s own Messenger app. Separately, WhatsApp has released a new sticker pack called Sticker Heist to celebrate the release of the fifth season of the hit Netflix show Money Heist, the last season of which was released on Friday.
As indicated by a screenshot shared by WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, message responses appear just below the texts available in the app. The message reply feature is likely to be available for both individual and group chats, and people in the conversation would be able to see who has responded to a specific message. This means that responses to a message on WhatsApp are not anonymous.
WABetaInfo reports that users can use any emoji they want. This sounds similar to how you can use any emoji to reply to a message on Facebook Messenger. However, it’s different from message responses available on Twitter and iMessage, where users don’t have many options and there are only a few preloaded emoji to respond to.
Details about when exactly message responses would be part of WhatsApp are not yet known. The screenshot also appears to be from a WhatsApp for iPhone build. Nevertheless, WABetaInfo says WhatsApp is working on bringing message responses to WhatsApp for Android beta as well.
Previously known details suggested that users must have the compatible WhatsApp version available on their devices to see message responses on their end. Users who do not have that version will be prompted to update the app.
While the message response feature is not yet available, WhatsApp has released Sticker Heist as its new animated sticker pack for all users. The pack contains 17 stickers to celebrate the release of the fifth and final season of the Netflix show Money Heist.
Users can get the new sticker pack directly from the stickers store on WhatsApp. Alternatively, it can be downloaded via a deep link.
WABetaInfo initially reported on the Money Heist-focused sticker pack. However, Gadgets 360 was independently able to verify its arrival for both Android and iPhone users.
Money Heist season 5 premiered worldwide on Friday. It is also available in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu for Netflix users in India, just like in the previous seasons of the show.
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