Jun 23, 2018 | Updated: 07:21 PM EDT

WhatsApp Update: Beta Allows Users To See New Emojis For Android; Facepalm, Women Emojis & More

Feb 16, 2017 09:03 PM EST


Android users have been longing for more, diverse, and funny emojis on their phone. Fortunately, reports said WhatsApp for Android beta added new Unicode 9 emojis for its users.

The Android Police reported that the new Unicode 9 emojis, version 2.17.44 is the new feature of WhatsApp beta for Android. These emojis were made available for iOS 10.2 users of iPhones and now, Google will add it in the Android 7.1 Nougat update.

The Indian Express reported that WhatsApp beta added in their Unicode 9.0 with emojis such as facepalm, selfie, pregnant woman, a mother and a son, a father with two kids, and more.

The new emojis also show gender diversity and sexual identity appreciation with its female athlete, detective, swimmer, weightlifter, surfer, and more. They also included now a rainbow flag as a tribute to the LGBT community.

But what if the user cannot update its phone with the Android 7.1 Nougat update? Users could still have the new emojis despite their Android operating system. But so far, users should download the WhatsApp beta to check out the new emojis.

Those who will not download the beta would not have the access on the new emojis. If a user decided to be a beta tester, they will receive the emoji update earlier than the general public's use of the emojis.

If one wishes to be a beta tester, he/she must go to Play Store and open the WhatsApp Messenger app. Once there, scroll down to the end until "Become a beta tester" option can be seen. Just tap and one could become a beta tester.

The Next Web reported that it is not just WhatsApp is offering to the beta testers. They also have new features that could serve convenience to people like video calling, easy call forwarding, and GIF support.

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