After a long month of waiting for some users since Meta first announced the transport of upcoming features to their dedicated messaging app, WhatsApp is finally rolling out emoji reactions, dramatically increased file transfer limits, and groups. bigger and better in a new update.
Headlining this series of highly requested features is WhatsApp’s attempt to introduce emoji reactions so users can easily react to messages in a fun and friendly way. Unfortunately, however, for those looking to truly express themselves with a range of emotions, WhatsApp only gives users thumbs up, heart, laughter, surprise, crying and folded hands emoji to react.
In their blog post which declared the rollout of this update officially underway, WhatsApp happily noted that they will expand the range of emojis and skin tones available as reactions in the future, however, no timelines for these future plans was given.
Luckily, somewhat lackluster emoji reactions aren’t the only feature added to WhatsApp in this update, as the Meta-owned messaging service is also dramatically increasing its file transfer limits, allowing users to send up to 2GB in size, which should make for much easier collaboration on projects and video sharing.
As if file transfer limits weren’t already enough cause for celebration, Meta is also improving WhatsApp’s groups by “slow rolling out” the ability to add up to 512 people to a very crowded group.
Analysis: Crying Emoji
While emoji reactions are an incredibly useful tool for those in WhatsApp’s new, larger groups and not looking to clutter the chat with too many messages, the current selection of just six emojis leaves a surprisingly large amount to be desired. Meta, one of the largest technology companies in the world.
While more emojis and skin tones are expected to arrive in the future, another half-dozen emojis to use would still leave WhatsApp lagging behind other messaging apps such as Slack, Telegram and Discord. , which allow for much more expression and the ability to use custom animated emojis.
WhatsApp’s main selling point of security and offering end-to-end encrypted messages is falling apart in the eyes of many of its users, thanks to its ownership by Meta. The company may need to do a lot more than add a handful of reactions and expand a few features if it wants to lure potential users away from other apps on the market.