WhatsApp has been spotted testing the message reactions feature similar to how reactions are available on other platforms like iMessage, Instagram and Twitter. The feature will allow users to express their emotions in response to the messages they receive on the encrypted messenger.
Facebook is trying to enhance the communication experience on its encrypted messaging platform through the introduction of message reactions on WhatsApp as the company is currently testing the new feature on the app. It bears mentioning that WhatsApp has so far enabled users to express their emotions in the chat using stickers, GIFs and emojis.
According to WABetaInfo, a service that tracks new features on the platform, WhatsApp is testing the message reactions feature internally at the moment, which means that regular users and even beta users will not be able to experience the new feature until the company decides to roll it out to more users.
It is pertinent to mention that WhatsApp sometimes tests new features and scraps them completely before rolling out the new feature to any users, which means that there is no confirmation regarding the message reactions option being implemented into the messaging platform.
However, WABetaInfo has shared a screenshot that suggests a message would appear when a user is on an older version of WhatsApp that doesn’t support the message reactions feature. The user in this case would be asked to update the application in order to see the reaction they have received on that particular message.
The above screenshot belongs to WhatsApp on Android but WABetaInfo has stated that the new feature will not just be limited to Android but also be available on WhatsApp for iPhone and Web / Desktop clients, just like other features, including stickers, GIFs and emojis.