WhatsApp will introduce one of its first major changes in 2022, namely the message reaction feature.
The company is currently testing notifications for message reactions, according to a WABetaInfo report some time ago.
Citing the Digital Trends page, Monday (17/1/2022), the update appears in the latest beta version 22.2.72 on iOS. A new “reaction notification” option has appeared under WhatsApp notification settings.
Users can enable or disable these reactions in their notifications.
Since it is currently visible to iOS beta users, it is possible that the full version of the feature will be available in the near future to all users.
The reactions feature is a follow-up to WhatsApp's “message reaction” feature, which was developed in November 2021. This feature allows users to react to messages using a specific set of emojis instead of text messages.
Through the reaction feature, WhatsApp wants to catch up with Apple's iMessage reaction, which was launched in late 2016.
At this time, it is not known when this change will appear in the Beta version of Android.