users could soon have access to a feature that can brighten up their group chats. Meta seems to be working on animated emoji for an upcoming beta version of the WhatsApp desktop app.
A GIF posted by shows the function in action. Show the Face With Party Horn And Party Hat (🥳) emoji bouncing and spinning. It seems that when an animated version of a specific emoji is available, WhatsApp will share that instead of the static image.
It’s unclear if you’ll be able to disable animated emoji if WhatsApp rolls out the feature more widely. Animated emoji are reportedly on their way to beta versions of mobile apps as well. Engadget has asked Meta for a comment.
WhatsApp seems to be using the animated emoji. Those emoji are said to have small file sizes and are scalable without losing image quality.
An animated emoji feature is unlikely to generate an influx of new users on its own, but it could make WhatsApp a bit more enjoyable to use. and they have supported animated emoji for years, so WhatsApp is catching up to some extent.