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GIF Support Is Coming To WhatsApp Soon

Instant messaging app WhatsApp, in its new beta version on Android, now supports full fledged animated GIFs. Earlier, the app allowed users to convert 6 second videos into GIFs before sharing. Only now, it is possible to send and receive GIFs, for real on beta. Chances are the feature may be rolled out for all through an update, in the days to come.

WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.16.293 now allows beta testers to send and receive GIFs to and fro between contacts as well as groups. Moreover, the feature also allows users to selectively crop their GIFs before sending. All their received Gifs will be accessible via WhatsApp Animated Gifs folder inside WhatsApp’s file directory.

Since the feature is currently in beta, beta testers will need to register for the Google Play beta testing program for WhatsApp followed by downloading the latest build from the store. At the same time the signed apk file can also be downloaded from APK Mirror.

Earlier in the day WhatsApp brought in Snapchat like capabilities inside its inbuilt camera through which users can draw and scribble on their photos before sharing. Moreover, it is also possible to add emojis, stickers and text to these photos. The feature, for now, is out for Android.

The new editing tools brought in include a new pencil tool and a T button. These tools are used to scribble or draw on photos clicked by the app’s camera just like how it is in the case of Snapchat.

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