WhatsApp has announced new features for iOS users around the world, including albums and filters. WhatsApp rolled out the new features as part of version 2.17.30, which includes three new features for Apple’s iPhone users.
Now on WhatsApp iOS, users will now get an album view when they send or receive a collection of five or more photos or videos. These will be automatically grouped into an album with a tile display within your messages. Users will be able to tap on the album to see the collection of photos and videos in full screen.
This could be especially useful in a market like India, where WhatsApp users might find themselves flooded with photos from relatives, office colleagues, etc. If someone sends you a bunch of photos from their vacation, at least they will not appear as one album, instead of a never-ending line of photos.
Additionally WhatsApp also brings in filters for photos, videos, and GIFs right inside the camera for iOS users. Once you select the video or photo, a simple swipe will showcase the filters for you to choose from. At the moment, there are five options including pop, black and white, cool, chrome, and film.
In another feature, which will appeal to WhatsApp users on iPhone, the messaging app now has a direct reply shortcut. A user can just swipe right on any message to start typing a response to a particular message. Some months back, WhatsApp had added a forward message shortcut right next to the messages.
WhatsApp has close to 200 million users in India, and according to a Mary Meeker report, this is the most downloaded app in India. Globally over 50 billion messages are sent each day in WhatsApp, including over 3.3 billion photos, 760 million videos, and 80 million GIFs.