Latest WhatsApp beta UWP release features new emoji utility

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What you need to know

  • The latest WhatsApp beta release is here, bringing the app to version 2.2206.1.0.
  • The app now features emoji shortcuts so when you type certain words, you'll have speedier access to their corresponding emoji.
  • Dark mode was also added in a recent update.

The WhatsApp beta UWP releases keep getting richer and richer with features. Now that dark mode has been added, the developers have turned their attention to emoji shortcuts.

As reported by WABetaInfo, version 2.2206.1.0 of the WhatsApp beta includes the emoji shortcut feature, which will enable you to more quickly access relevant emoji when you type certain keywords with a colon beforehand.

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Though this feature's existed in WhatsApp before, it's new to the beta UWP release.

It's been a hectic time for emoji in the larger tech sphere thanks to the scandal surrounding Windows 11, so this news offers a change of pace. Unless you're of the mindset that anything involving Meta is equally distressing, in which case, thank you for reading this far.

If you want to catch up on other WhatsApp beta UWP news, don't forget about the recently added dark mode feature, or the fact that you can download the beta from the Microsoft Store right this very moment. That last point sparks a question: What are you still doing here? Go enjoy WhatsApp. Experience speedy emoji access thanks to the new shortcut feature. Continue to share important communications with friends and family under the watchful eyes of Meta.

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WhatsApp beta is growing stronger by the day, reclaiming the standard WhatsApp features you've come to know and love. Get it directly from Microsoft right now or forever wonder what could have been.

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