WhatsApp brings in support for Gif images with new beta release for iOS

WhatsApp has released its latest beta release (v2.16.7.1) for iOS and has, for the first time, introduced support for gif images.

The new beta release allows testers to send and receive gif images and to save them on their phones' camera rolls.

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WhatsApp's move to allow gif images to be sent, stored and received in iOS devices comes shortly after Viber, another popular messaging service, introduced the feature in its app. The beta release also includes a number of bug fixes and improvements and was discovered by @WABetaInfo earlier today.

Thanks to the new feature in WhatsApp's latest beta version for iOS, you will be able to autoplay gif images, save them on your camera roll either as a gifs or as sample images and use 3D Touch options on gif images. The beta version also includes encryption for all gif images shared on the app, similar to existing encryption standards in place for messages and photos. However, this is only a beta release and has not been rolled out officially, nor has WhatsApp indicated if the feature will be rolled out to Android devices as well.

Coming soon: WhatsApp apps for PCs and Macs

Back in March, WhatsApp introduced a number of new features for both iPhone and Android users, including ones that let you change background colours, zoom in videos and share documents and photos. Thanks to the update, you can now zoom in videos by pinching your fingers on the videos and also change background colours whenever you want. The choice of colours can be either a variety of block colours or any one from your photo library. The best feature was the one that let you pick photos to share with friends from cloud-based services  like Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive. This is great news for those who rely on these cloud-based services to store a bulk of their data.

According to @WaBetaInfo, WhatsApp is also in the process of building apps for Windows and Mac devices. While existing WhatsApp users can use the platform on their desktops by scanning QR Codes on their smartphones, such users may be able to download the app, log in and use the app directly on their desktops in future.

As of now, the web version of WhatsApp not only allows users to change their profile pictures, but also lets them change their profile statuses. For those who would prefer their desktops to chat and upload images on WhatsApp, the existing features offer them a great start and with WhatsApp reportedly working on dedicated apps for desktops, the experience will surely improve in the coming days.

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