Faced with doubts about a paid subscription for WhatsApp, Google moves token.
Meta, and consequently WhatsApp, they are not going through their best moment. Mark Zuckerberg’s company has seen the need to lay off thousands of workers recently and his commitment to the metaverse does not stop curdling.
WhatsApp continues to be a very important pillar within the Meta app ecosystem, but in times of lean times, extreme measures are expected. There is already information that WhatsApp could start with a paid subscription systemand faced with this possibility, many users have begun to look for alternatives.
WhatsApp is so entrenched that it is very difficult to make movements that attempt against the “core” of the application, but not impossible. The subscriptions will be aimed at improving the user experience, but many other companies that have messaging applications have seen the opportunity to attract new users with free premium features. Telegram has always been a little on its own, but Google has jumped on the opportunity.
And that’s what the news is about, reactions. The Google Messages application has improved the range of possibilities for react to messagesand now we can use any emoticon to do it. WhatsApp integrated this function relatively recently, and Google has taken the opportunity to copy the idea and integrate it into your own messaging app. There is still nothing confirmed, but one of the theories surrounding this WhatsApp paid subscription was that features such as reactions they would be more limited in the free version.
Google has copied the reaction system to WhatsApp
The reactions were wildly successful on WhatsApp, just as they have been on Telegram for years. People even led a system for conduct polls using reactionswhich can now luckily be avoided by using the WhatsApp account system. In general, they are a function designed to facilitate communication in groups of many people, and they work like a charm.
Google now wants to attract you to its app under the premise that all new features will be available for free. As an interesting fact, the Google Messages app also allows you to react to messages received from an iPhone. Unlimited reactions are currently only available in the Google Messages beta, but they’ll be coming to everyone soon.