WhatsApp for iOS is getting a feature-packed update today, bringing photo filters, albums and reply shortcuts to the popular messaging app. Users can now add one of five filters to their photos, videos, and GIFs from within the app, while sending four or more photos or videos will automatically group them into an album (via TechCrunch).
Here are the three main features coming to WhatsApp:
- Filters – Users can now add one of five filters to their photos, videos, and GIFs from within WhatsApp so they can jazz up their imagery, or correct for poor lighting. After shooting or uploading, users can swipe to choose from pop, black and white, cool, chrome, and film filters
- Albums – When users send four or more photos or videos, WhatsApp will now automatically group them into an album with a tile layout. Recipients can open the album to swipe through the media full-screen
- Reply Shortcuts – You can reply to a specific message in a thread by swiping on it, which pops it to the bottom of the chat window where you can type a response. This is especially useful in fast-moving group chats where someone’s question might get buried in other messages before you can reply
The new features are currently exclusive to WhatsApp for iOS. Regarding the availability of new features on Android, a WhatsApp spokesperson said “We’d like to add these features to the Android app in the future, but do not have timing to share yet”.
The update is rolling out today for free in the App Store.
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