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WhatsApp Rolls Out Latest Beta Update 2.17.46 Featuring New Emoji Icons

WhatsApp has recently released an update for its beta users which allows them access to new emoji icons and figures. Coined as version 2.17.46, the latest update includes additional features like playing video right away without downloading them at the first place and sending and receiving animated GIF, etc. Although the GIF feature was introduced in the previous beta release, the emoji and the video playback feature is the newest one to be added in the featured category.

The app doesn't mention anything about the emoji update in their documentation. However, new emoji icons appear after the update is being performed. It occupies around 18 Mb of device space and supports devices with OS Android 4.1 or higher. The following are compilation of screenshots that covers different new emoji figures -

WhatsApp Beta Version 2.17.46 With New Emoji Icons
These emojis are a part of Unicode 9.0 which ships as a part of Nougat 7.1 and iOS 10.2. However, with only a fraction of devices having access to Android Nougat, this new update delivers a taste of the new icons which many of the Android users are going to experience in the upcoming updates.

The Beta platform not only attracts developer but also allows inquisitive users to try out exciting new features. To become a beta tester one can simply visit the WhatsApp messenger page at Play Store and join the beta tester program. WhatsApp has tested many of its new features via their beta tester application and have rolled them out as stable releases. Moreover, several recent leaks have suggested that the team will soon introduce features like editing sent messages and getting notifications when a friend updates their status in their future beta version updates. Hence, one can become a beta tester to enjoy the new features before WhatsApp rolls out the set for public.

Source - NDTV

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