WhatsApp’s new Android beta update has brought some interesting changes. As many as 155 redesigned emojis can be found within the app, according to WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp’s newest features, and has hints of Night Mode as well.
The Android beta update version 2.19.139 will also bring back the Dark Mode, after it disappeared for a bit. It is now called Night Mode. According to the tracker, feature is still not enabled in the beta version, meaning it appears in the code, but not within the app settings.
The Night Mode currently works for Chats List, Calls, and Status. WABetaInfo says the action buttons are still in green, but WhatsApp would change it to White once the mode is finally available. The tipster says that the exact timeline for the availability is not known yet.
Coming back to the emojis, the existing emojis have been reworked to make them smaller and a bit more detailed. Some emojis have been entirely redesigned, like the mermaid emoji.
The features are expected to be rolled out in the next Google Play stable release as well as the next WhatsApp Web update.
WhatsApp tests its new features on its beta app. To try out unreleased features, you can become a beta tester for WhatsApp by clicking here. You will then be prompted to update the application. Bear in mind that although you will get access to the latest features, this is still an unstable build. So crashes, bugs and errors are common occurrences.
WhatsApp on Tuesday was found to have put its users at risk, because of a vulnerability in its code. Attackers used WhatsApp’s voice calling feature to call up a victim’s device, that in-turn installed the surveillance software. The surveillance software would be installed even the receiver didn’t pick up the call. The company patched the app through an update, and encouraged users to update immediately.