After months of waiting for some users since Meta first announced the boom of features coming to their dedicated messaging app, WhatsApp is finally releasing emoji reactions, dramatically increased file transfer restrictions and bigger and better packs in the new update.
WhatsApp’s effort in introducing emoji reactions is the highlight of the highly-requested features so that users can easily respond to messages in a fun and friendly way. Unfortunately for those who are looking to express themselves with a wide variety of emotions, WhatsApp only offers users thumbs up, heart, laughter, surprise, crying and folded emojis to respond.
In their Blog post Announcing the official release of this update, WhatsApp kindly states that they will expand the range of emojis and skin tones available as reactions in the future, however, no timeline has been given for these future plans.
Fortunately, the feature that will be added to WhatsApp in this update is not only somewhat poor emoji reactions, but also a meta-owned messaging service that is dramatically increasing its file transfer limits, allowing users to send up to 2GB in size, which allows for much easier collaboration on projects and video sharing.
Since file transfer restrictions are not already sufficient for the event, Meta is also improving WhatsApp groups, improving its ability to add 512 people to the most congested group by “slowing down the rolling”.
Analysis: Crying emoji
While emoji reactions are a very useful tool for those who are part of WhatsApp’s new big groups and have not seen to mess up the chat with too many messages, the current selection of just six emojis has a surprisingly large amount. Meta is one of the largest tech companies in the world.
While more emojis and skin tones will be available in the future, another half a dozen emojis to use WhatsApp lags behind other messaging apps such as Slack, Telegram and Discord, allowing the option to use more expression and compatibility. Animated emojis.
WhatsApp’s flagship store is secure and provides end-to-end encrypted messages thanks to meta ownership, which is very dull in the eyes of its users. If the company wants to attract potential customers from other apps in the market, it has to do a lot more than just add some reactions and expand some features.