Facebook-owned WhatsApp has introduced its own set of emoticons, Emojipedia. What that means is that the chat app will no longer depend on Apple when it comes to providing emoji for its users.
The emoji addition was part of Monday’s beta release of WhatsApp for Android. When fully launched, it will finally draw the curtains on WhatsApp’s long term dependence on Apple’s own emojis. It’s pretty obvious that the chat app’s new emoticons were inspired by Apple’s own version—does anyone really care?
According to Emojipedia, spotting the difference isn’t difficult as some of the emojis pretty much have semblance with Apple’s version. Some, however, are difficult to spot; which pretty much tells how much work was put in place to recreate the emoticons without leaving any trace.
For now, the new emoji are what they are; beta—and WhatsApp might still make some more changes before they are finally rolled out to the general public.
In other WhatsApp related news, the company is currently testing an “unsend” feature. The feature, when launched, will enable you to recall a message you may have sent in error—saving you the pain of being embarrassed.
The purpose of the unsend feature is to enable you delete a message from the notifications on both devices [yours and the receiver]. However, this depends on how fast you are in terms of getting rid of the message within a specific period of time.
Of course, the recipient will still be notified by WhatsApp, but just that the message will no longer be available. Instead of reading the message, the recipient will get a message like “this message was deleted.” This leaves you with some explaining to do as the recipient might still want an explanation from you.
No date has been set for its launch, but it can work on all type of messages including, image, video, document, and GIF. However, there’s no way for you to delete the message that has been sent or a message that was sent a minute ago.
Last August, WABetaInfo blog reported that WhatsApp was mulling over the idea of a beta version of a payment functionality. The picture, which was discovered by the blog shows a button that users will have to click and accept before making any transaction. A “Welcome to WhatsApp Payments” screen, discovered by the blog is the clearest indication that bank to bank payment is not far away.
WABetaInfo, a reliable source for WhatsApp related news and info also released a screenshot of the new payment feature about to be launched by WhatsApp. This would make the Facebook-owned chat app the latest service to add such feature to its platform following Messenger and iMessage.
The chat app is currently testing bank transfer with a Unified Payments Interface or UPI; a payments system run by Reserve Bank of India. If true, the feature is likely to be rolled out to users in India, and will probably be followed by other countries.