Instant messaging platform WhatsApp in a bid to stay afloat amongst rising competition from the likes of Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and Google Allo has been continuously adding new features to its app. For the same reason, WhatsApp has added the two new features- video streaming and gifs which were earlier only a part of the Android beta app. Users of WhatsApp will be able to check out a video shared by their friends even when it gets downloaded, and they can do that with the use of the streaming option present in the app. Earlier, people were able to view a shared video only after it was downloaded.
The messaging app has removed the ‘Download’ button and replaced it with a ‘Play’ option that can be pressed to start streaming videos even when it gets buffered in itself, almost similar to Facebook videos and YouTube videos, as they too can be viewed in parts by users, depending on the buffering speed. The new feature brings relief to a lot of users because they often had complaints regarding how WhatsApp had dealt with videos in the app like a message and also a calling feature. This move by the app will save you some time that is usually wasted while downloading videos. Additionally there might be videos which you might not wish to look at, but still, have to download the full version just to be sure. It is a big concern which can be gotten rid of.
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Facebook had acquired WhatsApp two years ago in 2014 for a sum of $22 billion, and 2016 has been highly productive for the app, as there has been many additions like end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp for desktop, doodles, gifs and much more. It has always been revolutionary in terms of virtual communication, ranging from texts to voice and videos. WhatsApp meanwhile has brought out features after long gaps. The app was launched 7 years ago in 2009, but it announced group chats only in 2011 and then came voice chat four years later.
The app recently also announced the highly anticipated video-calling feature for Android and iOS, which is available for download and also as an upgrade for its users. WhatsApp had started the video-calling feature for its consumers on November 15, 2016, for more than a billion users in the world market where India alone has 160 million users. WhatsApp recently also said that it will withdraw its support from many old smartphones by the end of the year.