The latest iOS beta for WhatsApp indicates that users will soon be able to send and receive animated GIFs.
It’s a long time coming; WhatsApp’s rivals, including Facebook Messenger, Viber, and Slack, already allow users to do so. Twitter account @WABetaInfo tracks WhatsApp changes and notes that the next version of the app will autoplay GIF links and embed the images directly into your conversations. Users will also be able to save GIFs as “a simple image,” according to The Next Web.
WhatsApp is also rumoured to be adding video chat to its messenging service. Screenshots of this feature in action have been posted online, but we’re yet to see it added to the app.
Finally, other screenshots indicate that WhatsApp is to roll out a voicemail service and instant call back feature, making it easier to catch up with those that you’ve missed. WhatsApp’s voicemail service will apparently let you listen back to your message before you send it, which should put an end to that feeling of dread knowing that someone is going to listen back to a message of you tripping over your words.