WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new feature for iOS users that would let them integrate GIFs to express themselves. Until now, users were only able to share static images, but if the new change log from WhatsApp beta for iOS is to be believed, the conversations are about to get better. Also Read - WhatsApp tips & tricks: How to download someone else’s WhatsApp Status video
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According to @WABetaInfo, a Twitter account that tracks latest changes to WhatsApp beta version, the latest iOS beta app (version 220.127.116.11) adds support for auto-playing GIF links. The update will also allow users to directly embed GIFs into their conversations. The change log also mentions about the ability to save GIF images to the camera roll, directly reply to GIF image messages, encryption support and also support for 3D Touch actions such as Peek and Pop on GIF images.
While the integration may not be as good as Giphy support on Facebook Messenger or Google s GBoard keyboard for iOS that allows you to search and insert GIFs right from the app, but still gaining initial support is what matters here, refinements can come later. Also, auto-playing GIFs means you will no longer need to open the web browser just to see what your friend has sent you.
WhatsApp has been adding new features to iOS over the past few months, which includes text formatting and save media options, share photos and videos from third-party apps and end-to-end encryption for all its users. Recently, WhatsApp also released native desktop clients for Windows and Mac OS X.
As of now, there is no word on when the GIF feature support will be rolled out to general users, but as it has made it to the beta version, mass release may not be that far.