When Apple announced that its Messages app would add a host of features, including animations, GIF support and more, at the recent WWDC, it was Apple trying not to be outdone by third-party messaging apps. In its own bid to stay relevant, WhatsApp is now rumoured to be introducing a few new features of its own.
German website Macerkopf has reported that WhatsApp may allow users to share music from within the app and listen to the tracks through a dedicated music player built into WhatsApp. According to the report, users will be able to share locally-saved files as well as music from Apple Music.
According to a previous report, WhatsApp is reportedly working on an update that will automatically display GIFS, which are pasted in the conversation. Twitter account @WABetaInfo, which keeps a track of regular WhatApp beta updates stated that the changelog of WhatsApp beta for iOS 188.8.131.52 is available now.
Additionally, the changelog mentions that the app will be able to save GIFs ‘as a simple image.’ WhatsApp will embed GIFs from links and autoplay them in conversations. One will also be able to convert a GIF to a simple image.
In other rumours, WhatsApp is expected to introduce video calling. AndroidPit reported receiving screenshots from users running the beta version of WhatsApp on iOS that show a video call button at the top of the chat, next to the regular call button