WhatsApp took a long time to start implementing more features in its messaging application. While Telegram’s main competitor adds features exponentially every year, the company has been slow to adopt some interesting features. More recently, we have seen the debut of multi-device support. However, it is still taking its first steps to become as convenient as it is on Telegram, but better later than never. The company will also introduce larger teams with a brand new community function. Now, it adopts another feature that existed in Telegram and other applications such as Slack – Conversation reactions.
Chat Reactions was announced last month. Allows the user to respond to certain messages. So, for example, you can give a thumb up to a message instead of replying with an emoji or giving an OK. The feature was present in other applications and allows users to react instead of responding directly. It works in a similar way to Facebook’s reactions. It is especially useful in groups where an administrator can send a message and users can react to confirm that they have read without typing. However, it will also be available for individual conversations. All you have to do is press and hold a WhatsApp message and select the emoji you want to react to.
For now, you will be able to choose from six emoji. However, WhatsApp promises to offer support for more emoji and more skin tones in the near future. Message reactions, interestingly, are already available to some users using the latest version of WhatsApp. However, it will be a week or two before all WhatsApp users around the world have this feature.
As mentioned above, it is interesting to see how WhatsApp has stepped up its efforts to make its platform feature rich. But we have to say that the messenger has come a long way since its acquisition by Facebook in 2014. Meta has introduced a bunch of great features and we can list the Status section, voice and video calls and many more features. The company has also introduced a Business messenger branch and is about to launch a paid subscription program.
WhatsApp extends file sharing limit to 2 GB
The current update brings more than just reactions. According to changelog, the update also allows users to share larger files. This is a very important addition, as it increases the maximum file transfer from 100 MB to 2 GB. In addition, the update doubles the maximum number of participants in a group chat. Before it was 256 and now it allows teams with 512 people. However, this update will reach users gradually. Some countries will not get it right now, Brazil will have to wait until the end of the year to get it.
We are curious to see if Meta will continue to implement more features in WhatsApp until the end of the year. It is worth noting that the company is preparing to bring some important innovations in the Status mode very soon.