The war in between the messaging platforms is storming up, with Apple, Facebook, and Google working meticulously on developing their respective apps to rule the industry.
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, is an instant messaging service that is popular around the world is getting a new update for Android which was long overdue.
Create and Send GIFs via WhatsApp
One of the much awaited and most anticipating features that have been impending on WhatsApp was the GIF images. In August this year, WhatsApp had hinted towards trying its hands at making a 6-second video which can be converted to GIF images and can be shared with your contacts. Finally, with the new updated WhatsApp Beta version 2.16.293 for Android, the GIF image feature has been made official and offers a full-fledged support to GIFs on the instant messaging app.
As of now, this feature is available only for the Beta testers, which can experiment, send and receive the GIF images for free to their contacts and groups. All you have to do to send a GIF image is click on the arrow mark for attaching files and head to your phone’s gallery from there. You will now see that your gallery has been segregated into separate sections for photos, videos, and GIFs. So, now you can select the required GIF, preview it, add a caption to it, and share it on WhatsApp to your family and friends, either individually or in your groups. You can also edit and crop the GIF image to the size of your preference and send it across. As of now, you can select and share just one GIF at a time.
The good part is that the GIFs which will be there within the chat window can be watched by just tapping on the ‘GIF’ icon inside the image. You can watch them seamlessly without having to zoom in and zoom out all the time like you do for the regular videos. Moreover, all the GIF images you send will be stored automatically in your WhatsApp directory in the WhatsApp Animated GIFs folder. To make it even more impressive and user-friendly, WhatsApp will be compressing all the GIF images and will save them as MP4 files.
This feature is currently in its Beta testing stage. So if you are too excited to use it right away, then you will have to register with Google Play for the Beta testing program. Then you can download the latest version from the Google Play Store. However, you can also download the signed APK file from the APK Mirror website, though the Google Play Store version is recommended to stay away from any malicious software from other sites. And you will also receive all the Beta updates directly to your WhatsApp if you download from the Google Play Store. There is no word yet on when the feature will be available on the stable channel.
Scribble On Your Images
Apart from introducing the GIF image support, the latest update for WhatsApp has also introduced a Snapchat-like feature to its built-in camera. You can now edit, scribble, and draw on your photos and videos that have been captured from your camera. Just like on Snapchat, you can now add stickers, emojis, and also write on the photos to make them more personalized. You can send these edited photos and videos across to your contacts or groups via WhatsApp. This feature is being rolled out right now only for the Android version of WhatsApp. The iOS users will have to wait for a while to scribble on your images through WhatsApp.