WhatsApp has added two new features for its Android app. This includes video-streaming and support for GIFs. These two were already part of the Android beta app, and it has now been rolled out to the main app as well.
WhatsApp’s video-streaming feature will allow users to watch a video as it streams, and not wait for it to download fully. WhatsApp replaces the download button with play button and users can stream a video, while it is still buffering. Given that India is the biggest market for the app, and internet connectivity remains an issue, the ability to stream a video as it buffers will be greatly appreciated out here. The GIF support was also long awaited, given that rival apps like Google Duo, and even Facebook’s Messenger offer the same.
WhatsApp’s video-streaming feature is only for Android 4.1 users and above, and users will need the latest version of the app in order to use this.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has over 160 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India, close to 20 per cent of WhatsApp’s total 1 billion MAUs. The video-streaming feature comes after the world’s most popular messaging app rolled out video calling for Android, iOS and Windows users. Sadly video-streaming is Android only for now.
WhatsApp will also be ending support to smartphones running on older version of Android, iOS, and Windows 7 by the end of 2016. . WhatsApp support will stop by the end of 2016 for those smartphones running on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, the iPhone 3GS and or any other iPhone still on iOS 6. However, the messaging app has extended support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.