In a recent blog post, WhatsApp has announced a number of new features that have been available in Telegram for quite a while. The popular instant messaging app for Android and iOS is getting Communities. If you’ve been using Telegram, then the feature will be pretty familiar as it is similar to Telegram’s Groups and Channels feature. In addition to Communities, Meta is bringing new emoji reactions, sharing files up to 2GB as well as the ability to add up to 32 participants to single voice call.
The community feature is intended for organizations like schools and neighborhoods to coordinate and share media. While Telegram’s Groups and Channels can get pretty massive with thousands of subscribers, it’s unclear how many users will be able join a WhatsApp Community. As the case with other messages, all Communities will be inherently private and end-to-end encrypted.
Apart from Communities, WhatsApp is adding emoji reactions after the feature was revealed in a beta version of WhatsApp. It’s identical to other social media and messaging platforms such as Messenger, Instagram, and Twitter.
Additionally, the WhatsApp voice call feature will now support up to 32 people at the same time. Prior to this update, only eight participants could join a voice call. While we’ll have to see if the feature becomes useful with such high number of participants, the feature can serve as an emergency solution for a virtual conference call.
And lastly, the WhatsApp has increased the size of attachments of messages. Although users could send a file of 100mb in message, the app now allow users to send files up to 2GB. WhatsApp revealed that all of the features are available for the latest version of WhatsApp but Meta could release the update gradually meaning you might need to wait a while before trying out new features.