WhatsApp Beta redesigns emojis to match iOS 10 in newest update


While messaging apps on Windows Phone and Windows 10 typically reflect the native fonts – including emoji – of their host platform , WhatsApp continues to be an exception. Users of the messaging app will note that the developers of WhatsApp on iOS, Android, and Windows choose to use the iOS emoji set on all platforms to standardise communication.

In the latest update to the WhatsApp beta – taking it to version 2.16.204 in the Windows Store, Windows Phone users now have the option  to make use of the new flatter emoji set Apple introduced in iOS 10 to communicate with cross-platform users.

Not all users may appreciate the change, with some preferring that WhatsApp respect platform specific emoji, while others will embrace it, noting that different emoji across different devices can cause messages to be misinterpreted either negatively, or positively.

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WhatsApp Beta Phone
WhatsApp Beta Phone
Developer: WhatsApp Inc.
Price: Free