IT LOOKS like WhatsApp is undergoing a major overhaul of its app for users on iPhone and Android.
Testers have been sent an early version of an upcoming update that introduces a big change in the way you send photos to your friends and family.
The change was discovered on Wednesday by WABetaInfoa tech site with a track record of exploring WhatsApp features before they launch.
The first “beta” version of the app seen by the tech site overhauled the media picker that lets you send photos and videos to your contacts.
It shows two tabs for choosing media files – as opposed to one – when you send photos from the camera in the app.
The “recent” tab shows recent GIFs, videos, and photos, while the “gallery” tab shows your other files.
According to WABetaInfo: “The redesigned media selector allows multiple images and videos to be selected.
“Like other features previously announced on this site, it is under development and will be available in a future update.”
That’s not the only new feature WhatsApp is said to be working on.
Another app is said to allow users to react to a message with different emojis, such as smiling or angry faces.
It could work similarly to Facebook’s reaction buttons, allowing you to respond to posts and comments with “love”, “haha,” “wow”, “sad” and “angry”.
The feature was introduced last week in the latest beta (version 22.2.72) of the app – a work-in-progress sent out to testers before launch – on iOS.
According to WABeta information, a new “reaction notification” option appeared in WhatsApp’s notification settings in version 22.2.72.
Users can enable or disable these reactions in their notifications.
Notifications will let you know when someone reacts to one of your messages in group or individual chats.
Users can choose which tones to play when receiving such notifications.
The feature is not currently available to WhatsApp’s broader user base but will likely be made available in an update released in the coming months.
WABetaInfo writes: “Unfortunately, still unable to respond to messages.
“But the fact that these settings can be managed suggests that message response will be available very soon.”
WhatsApp may still decide to pull the plug before it goes live, so there’s no guarantee that the message reactions will make it public.
How to download beta version of WhatsApp
To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Click the “I Join” button and then click “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the app’s beta update.
Joining WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and storage is limited.
Follow Apple’s instructions here.
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