WhatsApp is indeed working on a new release of its popular instant messaging app that will users to see Live Photos in all its glory, even though they souldn’t be the owners of smartphones like iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE that support this damn thing.
According to a new report from Dutch Publication, WhatsApp is currently testing Live Photos support as part of the app’s existing beta release schedule, unfortunately with no expected release date for when the app will instantly go live in the App Store has been shared.
However, this feature hasn’t been announced by WhatsApp, but still under testing process within the current beta release. It allows those with the latest iPhone to take advantage of Live Photos and then share it via the messaging service. For those that own iPhones capable of viewing Live Photos, WhatsApp will work as normal, and for anyone with non-compatible devices, WhatsApp is working bringing the ability to convert those photos into animated GIFs.
Currently, Live Photos are displayed as static images after being sent via WhatsApp, so the addition of support will be a feature that would no doubt be well received when it makes its way to the version of WhatsApp that is live in the App Store. WhatsApp’s Live Photos feature is currently in beta testing, it’s unclear when any new inclusions will become available for users.
With the Live Photos support, WhatsApp is also adding improved video recording, which will allow users to zoom which video is being captured, alongside new emoji based on the upcoming Olympics, all of which will be great additions to an app that is already in use by 100+ million users worldwide.
Apple on the other hand is in preparation for the iOS 10 software release later this year, is giving iMessage a lick of paint and several new features aimed at making conversations a lot more expensive. Well, the instant messaging marketplace has exploded of late.
(Source: iCulture [Google Translate])
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