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WhatsApp users will get access to hundreds of new emoji – if they have one of these devices
WhatsApp users are celebrating today after a major new upgrade to the app.
The popular mobile chat service, which has over a billion users worldwide, has rolled out an update to Android users that greatly expands their messaging possibilites.
WhatsApp users are now able to enjoy reliable video calling free of charge, more stable video downloads, and animate gif support.
But what most users will be pleased about is the introduction of a huge number of new emoji.
The update includes over a hundred new emoji to spice up your conversations, bringing a huge range of new pictures, images, smiley faces and more.
Among the most striking new additions in the new emoji are a facepalm, selfie, pregnant woman, a mother and a son, a father with two kids.
However the update also brings a number of new gender diversity and sexuality options, with female versions of many jobs, sports and activity emoji that had previously only had a male symbol.
There is also a new rainbow flag emoji, along with a number of same-sex couple icons.
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Among the first new additions are a facepalm, clown and rolling laugh emoji
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There are also a number of new animal emoji in the WhatsApp update
The update affects WhatsApp users with Android phones, with iOS users already having received the new emoji several weeks earlier as part of the release of iOS 10.2.
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It’s been made possible by new support for Unicode 9.0, the specification that governs new emoji design.
The update was due to be part of Android 7.1 Nougat, but it seems Google is allowing the new emoji to be rolled out to devices running an older version of Android following an earlier beta test.
Express.co.uk has tested the download on several different devices running Android Marshmallow and found the update to be successful.
To get the new version of WhatsApp on your Android device, simply head to the Google Play Store, where the update should now be available.
Once downloaded, simply relaunch the app and all the new emoji should be present.
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It’s worth noting that sending the new symbols to friends who haven’t updated yet may pose some problems.
Following the update’s release as part of iOS 10.2, many iPhone users reported that their contacts with older versions of the software were not able to see the new emoji.
Instead of smiley faces or cute animals, they were confronted with black boxes containing a question mark.
Users not running the latest software will see this emoji instead of the redesigned character
The new emoji aren’t the only new addition coming to WhatsApp on Android today.
As mentioned, the app can now play any video received in a chat right away, without needing to wait for it to download first.
Videos will still be downloaded to your phone, which will occur in the background, but this update means there’s no need to hold on to start watching.
Also included is animated GIF support, allowing Android users to send and receive GIFs for the first time, and improvements to WhatsApp video calling.