Earlier this year at the F8 conference, WhatsApp has already announced that it would be getting group calling and stickers soon. Now, WhatsApp beta version 2.18.189 for Android have shown a new Sticker Reaction feature being tested. But similar to the other ticker-related features, this is still disabled by default.
WABetaInfo reported that WhatsApp has begun testing the stickers feature on the Android app with version 2.18.120 only. The report further stated that the feature is disabled by default for development reasons and would be enabled in next releases. Whenever it arrives, the sticker button would be enabled next to the GIF button, giving users the option to send stickers as well in the future. Again, these stickers would arrive in packs, similar to the ones seen on Messenger, and would require data for download. These sticker packs need to be downloaded only once, and also would be segregated into four reaction categories, listing, LOL (it seems more like Happy to us), Love, Sad, and Wow. The beta watcher notes that these reactions have been added with the v2.18.189.
Again, the stickers button can’t be seen as of now, even in the beta app as its disabled by default, but this feature should arrive soon. As mentioned, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also announced at the F8 that WhatsApp is getting support for group video calling as well. This feature is accessible in the latest Android beta updates right now, namely, v2.18.189, v2.18.192, and v2.18.193. Select Android beta and iOS users have reportedly received the group calling functionality back in May in version 2.18.52 for iOS and version 2.18.145 for Android beta. Additionally, it is being reported that even Windows Phone has received group voice and video calling features.