GIFs are fun and they have arrived on your favorite messaging app. After introducing it on Android, WhatsApp has now brought the feature allowing users to send animated GIFs to iOS. The feature allows users to choose short videos or Live Photos and send them as GIFs. While the ability to send or receive GIFs has already existed for Android as well as iOS, the new feature allows one to use existing videos and turn them into GIFs.
To be able to use the feature, you need to update WhatsApp for iOS to version 2.16.14. Users can now send shorter videos as GIFs, but the videos need to be six seconds or less in duration. You can also add a doodle, emoji, text, or caption to the GIFs. To be able to send a GIF, click on the + (Attach) icon in a chat window and choose video. From your list of videos choose the ones that are less than six seconds in duration. Tap on the GIF toggle after selecting a video. You can also use the scrubber to decide which moment exactly you want to be looped in as a GIF.
You can also doodle over the GIF, add text, emoji, or give a caption. The recipients will get the media with a GIF play icon. Those using an iPhone 6s and above can pick Live Photos and send them as animated GIFs. All you need to do is 3D Touch any live photo from the video library and then choose select as GIF .
In late September, WhatsApp first announced the GIF support for its mobile apps. However, the feature was limited to Android till now. The Facebook-owned messaging service also rolled out a new Mentions feature that makes it easy in group chats to send specific responses to other members. To use the feature, users need to put a @ symbol and the app prompts the names of group members to whom one wants to mention in the chat. ALSO READ: WhatsApp Status tab, an Instagram Stories like feature, is under testing; here s how to get it right now
Recently, the company tested a video calling feature for its Android app. The beta version of WhatsApp for Android (v2.16.318) shows the video calling feature. Once you update to the beta version, you can start placing video calls. There is no separate button for the video calls and the older voice call button shows two options to either make a voice call or video call. The beta version is compatible with Android version 2.1 onwards.
Among other recent features, WhatsApp also introduced a Snapchat-like doodle feature for sharing images. This feature allows users to add text or doodle on images before sending them to others. In group conversations, the app introduced the ability for admins to invite people by sharing a group invite public link to the chat along with larger emojis. The popular messaging app with over a billion monthly active users is further expected to get certain new features including a callback feature, voice mail, and the option to share ZIP files. ALSO READ: WhatsApp video calling feature comes to Android beta; here s how it works
Facebook is regularly introducing new features to its WhatsApp messenger which seem to imitate its other properties. For example, the ability to voice call, send GIFs or mention people in conversation are all elements which are borrowed or inspired from the larger social networking platform. With a growing focus on video and internet-based calling, WhatsApp is infallible despite newbies like Google s Duo and Allo which aim to offer a different calling experience but are yet to gain popularity.