The latest WhatsApp update has some interesting additions to this popular messaging app. The growing love for emojis and stickers has pushed the developers of the app into making drastic changes to the emoji system on the app, but as it seems, not everyone is impressed with the new-look emojis.
The bigger and more expressive emojis now appearing on WhatsApp have been received with mixed reactions among the more than 1.1 billion people that use the app across the globe. Available both on Android and iOS users, emojis such as facial expressions and other reactions are now larger in size than before and this been met with criticism on social media.
“The new emoji style on WhatsApp is hideous,” one Twitter user by the name Rhys wrote. Another by the Twitter handle @RaisedDust mourned that the new emojis are so ugly that they make her want to cry. There are even those who expressed their dissatisfaction of having the new water gun as a replacement for the pistol emoji – a move that was made after a series of shootings in the U.S.
These are not the only updates that WhatsApp has received in the recent past. At the beginning of this month, those using the app started enjoying new photo features, among them the ability to doodle and customize photos, overlay emojis on photos and add your own notes using different colors. In addition, the latest version also souped-up the selfie camera by adding a flash that helps during the night.
When recording videos, WhatsApp now lets you zoom in and out of the live video feed by sliding your finger up and down the screen. When you double-tap the live feed on the screen, you will be switching between front and rear cameras.
Remember, WhatsApp is a free to use app, so, just in case you want to try these latest features, make sure you get it from the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.
What do you think about the new features on WhatsApp, particularly the changed emojis? Share your views in the comments.