WhatsApp update: Photo filters, automatic albums, shortcuts & more, find out what the app brings this time

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Published: June 7, 2017 12:12:41 PM

WhatsApp has come up with new features in its latest update for smartphones around the world. Find out the details.

The latest WhatsApp update also brings in filters for pictures, videos, and GIFs right inside the app camera. (IE Photo)

Popular messaging application WhatsApp has come up with new features for smartphones around the world. It has made it easier for users to manage the huge number of pictures in your application. But the new features, which include albums and filters, are only available for iOS users as of now. No Android launch date has been provided, but it is likely that they will show up in the near future. Under the new update, if you are a WhatsApp user, you will now be provided with an album view if they send or receive a group of five or more images or videos. These images will be automatically collected into an album along with a tile display within your messages. WhatsApp users will be enabled to click on the album to see the collection of photos and videos in full screen.

Meanwhile, the latest WhatsApp update also brings in filters for pictures, videos, and GIFs right inside the app camera. All you need to do is select the picture or video and simply swipe. This will showcase the filters for you and you can select from them. As of now, there are five options including pop, black and white, cool, chrome, and film. In another feature that is sure to find a lot of users, WhatsApp has added a reply shortcut by swiping right on any message to start typing a response. If you are a fan of group chats, you know keeping track of replies in the fast-moving conversations can be tricky, so WhatsApp has added a new quick-reply feature. Some months back, WhatsApp had added a forward message shortcut right next to the messages.

Just a few months after WhatsApp added Snapchat-style image updates and Siri-integration, the Facebook-owned messaging app is evolving again on iOS. WhatsApp has close to 200 million users in India. Globally over 50 billion messages are sent each day in WhatsApp, including over 3.3 billion photos, 760 million videos, and 80 million GIFs. Adding more visual messaging options could help WhatsApp stay relevant with youngsters.

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