WhatsApp has recently added several features to its messaging platform, most of which are inspired by its rival, Telegram. The latest feature that WhatsApp appears to have copied from Telegram is animated emojis.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is testing animated emojis in chats, which look similar to those found on Telegram. When you send a single emoji, WhatsApp will automatically convert it into an animated one and increase its size to make it more prominent.
These animated emojis seem to be created using Lottie, a library that helps designers create simple animations while keeping file sizes small. The feature has been spotted on a beta version of WhatsApp for desktop, but it is expected to soon make its way to beta versions of WhatsApp for Android, iOS, and macOS.
It is worth noting that WhatsApp has been adding more fun emojis and stickers to its service, so this latest addition of animated emojis is not surprising. Overall, this feature is a welcome addition to the platform and will make chats more interactive and engaging.
The text size for the About section beneath each contact has changed in this latest beta version of WhatsApp, among other minor adjustments. More details may be seen in the same view due to the decreased font size. Meta has been accelerating the addition of functionality to WhatsApp ever since Facebook’s slide began.