WhatsApp update: Apple-like emojis could be coming on Android smartphones

By: | Published: October 3, 2017 3:39 PM

WhatsApp has reportedly come up with a new set of emojis for its Beta version on Android smartphones and it is similar to the Apple emojis.

whatsapp emoji, whatsapp update, whatsapp beta, whatsapp for android, whatsapp android, whatsapp apple, whatsapp ios, whatsapp beta program, whatsapp emojis, apple emojis, ios emojisWhatsApp has started to unveil its own emojis for the Android Beta. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp has reportedly come up with a new set of emojis for its Beta version on Android smartphones. According to latest reports, the Facebook-owned messaging app has started to unveil its own emojis for the Android Beta version 2.17.364 from Monday. So, if you have already signed up with the Beta program on WhatsApp, you will be able to see the new set of emojis directly on the mobile application. According to Emojipedia, the emojis on WhatsApp Beta appears to be similar to the ones present on Apple devices. It should be noted that these are the new set of emojis but for the beta platform. So, once the final version comes out, we might see some more changes in that emoji set.

It is interesting to see this new update on WhatsApp since Facebook on Monday announced that the Messenger will start using Facebook standard emojis. Till recently, Messenger had been using different types of emojis on its platform, and that was rolled out in June 2016. The new change on Facebook Messenger is applicable only for Android smartphones and desktops. However, Apple mobiles will keep on using iOS emojis.

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WhatsApp had recently made a big update, where it enabled users to search emojis using the emoji keyboard. The app gives a small search button present on the emoji keypad. Users have the option of searching all kinds of emojis which they want to share. And now, this move by WhatsApp will affect more than 1.3 billion monthly users of the app all over the world. At least 1 billion of these people use WhatsApp on a daily basis.

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The messaging app is one of the most used apps globally, as there are 55 billion messages reportedly sent every day on the platform. In India itself, the mobile app boasts over 200 million active users.

Recently, WhatsApp has added many new features on the app, especially the ‘Status’ update which became quite popular. It is similar to Snapchat Stories. The company said that over 250 million users have been using the new feature. It is also trying to bring a new WhatsApp business app, with an aim to monetise the platform via enterprises.

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