Whatsapp is soon going to update its application with GIFs support. Although this feature has been there on our smartphones for quite sometime now, with which you could send those images, but having it built into the app is a nice touch. The GIF support was already teased before or rather you can say that the feature was available with previous versions of the app. The beta version tested earlier had this feature. You can still do it now if you are on the latest beta version i.e. 2.16.242. Download the apk for the same here. Here’s how to do it –
- Tap the attachment icon in any WhatsApp conversation and select camera.
- Record a video and select okay (tick mark)
- When in the video trimming screen, tap the camcorder icon on the top right.
- It will change to GIF icon.
- And then tap send to send the GIF created.
Now your video has been converted into a GIF and you have sent it successfully. However, finding this GIF image in your smartphone is going to be difficult. If you go into the GIF folder in your WhatsApp directory, all you will find is the .mp4 file which you created. This only indicates that the feature is right around the corner and while you wait for the update to hit your smartphone, this is as good as it gets. Stay tuned for more info on this.
Earlier: Whatsapp has been introducing several new features this year. Earlier the company came up with the standalone desktop app, end-to-end encryption, file sharing, and many more. Recently @WABetaInfo reported that the beta version 126.96.36.199 for iOS supports the GIF-sharing. While the other instant messaging app like Facebook’s Messenger, WeChat, and Line already has GIF support.
Though there is no is official information regarding the public update, the latest translations hint the update for iOS app can happen anytime soon. Even the video call option is believed to be available first for iOS users while the last year, the voice call feature was released for Android devices. With the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, Apple introduced the Live Photo options which capture a little six seconds videos while capturing the image.
With the latest iOS update, Apple introduced this new features for other iPhones without 3D Touch. Now the upcoming Whatsapp update allows the users to share the Live Photos as either GIFs or normal images. Instead of pinch to zoom, the future updates have the slide to zoom feature which makes the app easier to use even with single hand. By sliding up in the camera app allows zooming in and sliding down to zoom out.
As of now, there is no information when the GIF support will be integrated into the Android app. Recently, Whatsapp announced that the Voice call feature that was announced last year has been a huge success. According to the numbers mentioned by Whatsapp, there are 100 million voice calls made in just one day, which is 1,100 calls per second. The video call feature will also be official available in the next few months.
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