tech2 News StaffFeb 14, 2016 09:11:50 IST
The new WhatsApp for Android version 2.12.441 that is gradually rolling out to users finally brings an updated emoji set. Users will now have access to a number of new emoji symbols like unicorn, popcorn box, champagne bottle, racing cars, medals, and even a new detective emoji in the faces tab. Talking about tabs there are more tabs (making it simpler to find them), with eight tabs showcasing the new sports, flag, bulb, and a separate beverage tab.
The switch takes place as the Android app finally gets support from both Unicode 7 and 8 bringing the app on par with iOS users who had access to the same since iOS 9.1. The problem for now remains the Google Play Store, which has yet to reflect 2.12.441 version of the app. But for those who cannot wait, you can simply head to Android Police, download .apk files from apkmirror and install the same over your existing app.
Strangely, the version available in the Google Play Store is tagged as 2.12.449, but still does not have the new emoji inside. So the only way to get the new emoji right away is from apkmirror. Since the latest version on the Play Store that was updated on 11 February in India reflects 2.12.449 and the new emoji on apkmirror is tagged as 2.12.441, getting the new emoji update would only mean downgrading to an older version. Hopefully the new emoji update rolls out with a new version number (like 2.12.450) to the Play Store soon making it easier for users to update their app.
WhatsApp recently bumped up the number of group members from 100 to 256. While this came as good news, this is indeed a good indicator of its business move, which was brought to light after the app went free for everyone.