WhatsApp May Soon Get Improved Music Sharing, Larger Emojis

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WhatsApp May Soon Get Improved Music Sharing, Larger Emojis
Highlights
  • Larger emojis appear to match the ones introduced by Apple
  • Users will now see album art when they receive a song
  • Both local and Apple Music songs can be shared

In addition to the upcoming features that had been spotted earlier this week - mentions and group invite links - it appears WhatsApp is also set to get improved music sharing features and larger emoji.

Reported by German publication Macerkopf, the upcoming features were spotted in the WhatsApp for iOS beta, just like mentions and group invite links. Let's start with music sharing. The report notes that users can now share songs with their contacts. The songs can be stored locally, or users can link to the song on Apple Music. The recipient will see album art as well as a music icon. Currently shared 'audio' files do not have this functionality.

Coming to larger emoji - the move follows Apple's unveiling of larger emoji with iOS 10, and WhatsApp appears to be preparing for their introduction, using what's said to be the same size of emoji - three times bigger than regular ones.

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Another feature recently spotted in the WhatsApp Beta for iOS changelog was gif image support. However, general WhatsApp for iOS users haven't received gif image support so far.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp received a feature that allowed users to quote messages when replying. The user needs to long press a message in any conversation to see a reply option pop up alongside star, delete, forward, and copy.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been adding new features steadily, and the most anticipated is video calling, which was recently spotted in testing on the Android beta app. To recall, the last major update to the platform was last month - the addition of document sharing on WhatsApp Web. Shortly before that, the company rolled out its first desktop app for Windows and OS X.
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