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WhatsApp brings iPhone-like emoji set for Android phones in Beta



Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp has released a beta version of a new emoji set for Android OS that appears quite similar to Apple’s designs. Notably, WhatsApp earlier used these emojis in Android and Windows apps too, along with Apple devices including iPad and Mac apps.

“At a glance these could be confused for Apple’s own emojis. Side-by-side the differences are clear for some emojis, but others are very close to what Apple displays,” a blog on post on Emojipedia noted on Monday.

WhatsApp’s new set of emojis are available in WhatsApp’s Android beta version 2.17.364. These updated emojis appear more animated and Emojipedia says that the new emoji support is included up to Emoji 5.0 which is the latest version approved by Unicode.

“With this beta release, WhatsApp is ahead of iOS native emoji support. Emoji support is included up to Emoji 5.0 which is the latest version approved by Unicode. In the past, WhatsApp would tend to include Apple’s new emojis a few months after they hit iOS,” added blog post.

WhatsApp was first to implement the middle finger emoji and briefly added an emoji for the Olympic Rings.

The blog said that with this beta release, WhatsApp was ahead of iOS native emoji support. Since this is only a beta version, these emojis might change before public release or not even make a public release.

In July, WhatsApp announced that it has a billion users who send messages on it daily.

WhatsApp also said that users send 55 billion messages per day, 4.5 billion photos and 1 billion videos, has 1.3 billion monthly active users and 60 languages are supported on the platform.

(Written with inputs from IANS)