Updated: September 12, 2016 7:44:40 pm
WhatsApp is now ready to roll out Snapchat-like feature for its platform. The ability to scribble on pictures as well as add stickers to them has been spotted on WhatsApp’s latest Android beta version. The messaging platform is reportedly looking to add a host of new features to iOS as well.
According to reports, iOS 10 users will be soon be able to send messages and make voice calls using Siri. Reports suggest, iOS 2.16.10 might have video calls and GIF support, although there is no exact confirmation on when the features will rollout. Other new features in the pipeline include a front facing flash and one-finger video zoom, which will be available only while taking pictures via WhatsApp’s camera.
According to Android Police, WhatsApp might even unblock Telegram link, which the messaging platform had blocked a few months ago. Let us take a look at the top WhatsApp features that might rollout soon:
WhatsApp’s new editing tool will allow users to crop, add stickers and scribble on pictures after clicking them from the app’s camera. The feature has been spotted on Android Beta version of the app. There’s a whole new bunch of stickers including arrow sign, dialogue balloons and some of the familiar emojis. Android Police posted a screenshot of WhatsApp’s new editing tools, which also comes with undo option to reverse changes. The set of tools appear on top after you’ve clicked a picture. There’s also a colour palette to choose colours from while scribbling or drawing with a pencil. The feature is quite similar to what Snapchat currently offers with its stories, in-camera app.
Clicking pictures with WhatsApp’s camera is supposedly going to get better with its screen flash. WhatsApp is planning to introduce screen flash for better pictures in low-light conditions. The feature, which is already available for a lot of smartphones, lights up the screen while taking pictures in the dark.
Also, there’s a one-finger video zoom to make it easier for users to zoom in and out while recording videos. Users can simply slide their finger up for zooming-in and down for zooming-out. The feature was first seen on Snapchat, followed by Instagram. The features only work with WhatsApp’s camera.
Siri, Video Calls and GIF support
WhatsApp is reportedly looking to integrate Siri to its platform for iOS 10. The Siri integration will help users send out messages and make voice calls directly via Apple’s virtual voice-assistant. According to Twitter WABetaInfo account, users will able to reply to WhatsApp calls directly in the lockscreen. A WhatsApp button will show in contacts to make the call or send a message.
WhatsApp’s video call feature was first spotted on Android beta version some time ago, but was later taken down by the company. Rumours of WhatsApp looking to add GIF support for iOS has been doing rounds for a long time now.
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