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WhatsApp brings new features: blur tool, video call avatar, upgrade to message reactions

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Instant messaging platform WhatsApp has rolled out a host of new features such as the ability to share large files up to 2GB, an increased group chat size limit of up to 512 participants, and emoji reactions. These features have been rolled out to users around the world in beta and stable versions. Now there are new features which will be more useful.

WhatsApp brings new features: blur tool, video call avatar, etc.

New emojis in message reactions

According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp’s update tracker, a new version of message reactions has been rolled out to a small group of beta testers. Earlier, the blog revealed that a new version of this feature is being developed for Android and iOS betas. Currently, message reactions on WhatsApp allow users to choose one of six emojis that appear when they press and hold a text message in an individual or group chat.

Now it is giving a new version of message reactions which is enhanced with more options to a small group of beta testers on the app’s Android and iOS. According to a screenshot shared by the report, there’s a new plus icon in the right corner of the message’s reaction box, which shows you can reply to messages with any emoji.

The keyboard will be activated by tapping the plus icon and it will allow users to seamlessly choose or search for any emoji with a simple drag and drop option. It will support all emoji on keyboard. Notably, this feature is already available to some beta testers with WhatsApp Android beta 2.22.15.6 and 2.22.15.7 and WhatsApp iOS beta 22.14.0.71.

WhatsApp brings new features: blur tool, video call avatar, etc.

Other New WhatsApp Features

Another intriguing feature is the avatar for video calls, which was highly anticipated by users. It seems that WhatsApp has developed its own Bitmoji or Memoji replacement set. Now, it has been reported that the platform plans to allow users to choose an avatar during video calls.

When the feature rolls out, there will be a new option in the video call page to instantly switch to avatar, as seen in the screenshot shared by the report. As the feature is under development, there is no change to tap “Switch to avatar” at this time and it may take some time to roll out the feature to all users. Also, users are advised to be able to send avatars as stickers directly in chats and groups.

There is also a dedicated area called Avatar Editor allowing users to customize their chosen avatar. This will allow them to create their own avatar and give them the option to share it as stickers.

WhatsApp brings new features: blur tool, video call avatar, etc.

Another feature under development is the blur tool for media publishers. This was added to the Android beta and there are plans to add the drawing tool to the desktop app as well. There will be an option to blur part of an image in the media editor. As of now, there is no word regarding the exact release date of the video call avatar and blur tool features currently in development.

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Article first published: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 12:51 p.m. [IST]