WhatsApp beta users on iOS have started receiving an update that lets them share auto playing GIFs. After the recent update to emojis, the messaging is app seems to have been keeping a keen eye on its competitor Viber’s releases.
The upcoming feature will add a feature that Slack, Facebook’ Messenger, Viber and the upcoming Hallo already have -- ability to share animated photos called GIFs.
However, it is unclear when the feature will be released to the public and how it will be implemented. For now, on sharing a link to a GIF shared the autoplaying GIF instead of just a link in the beta version of WhatsApp on iOS. The GIFs can also be saved to the phone’s gallery (camera roll) or quick instantly besides peek and pop are also supported.
Besides the GIF feature, WhatsApp has also fixed some bugs besides adding providing hints that the video calling feature is definitely going to make its way the app in the future.