New Whatsapp update brings better selfies and Snapchat like doodles

Update : In version 2.16.269 beta of WhatsApp, the ability to draw and add stickers has been added to videos as well. Record a video with WhatsApp’s built-in camera by holding the capture button. Then when you’re done, WhatsApp will serve the same interface to draw and insert text and stickers on top of the video as it does with images. Anything you add is static though, so keep that in mind if your hand moved a lot while recording.

Original : WhatsApp has consistently been adding new features to its iOS and Android apps. Recently, the company added the ability to create and send six second animated GIF videos. The feature allowed users to record a video or convert the existing ones in GIFs. Now, the latest beta version (2.16.264) of its Android app has been updated with two new features – selfie flash for capturing better photos in low light, and Snapchat-like feature to doodle on top of photos.

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When you click a photo, or choose one from your gallery of existing pictures and photos, you add more content to jazz up the image before sharing it. As soon as you click a new picture or choose from the existing gallery, you can see that a few new tools are added to the window. These include doodling, adding text and inserting emojis on the photo itself.

When on the photo sharing mode, previously users could only add a caption. But now you can also add overlays of emojis and also draw with a pencil on the photo and also add your own text directly on the photo. The tool is available on the top of the photo window. This is like Snapchat’s doodles, an app that these Facebook owned apps are being very “inspired” by.

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There is another feature which was added in another update for selfies. Many smartphones today front facing flash for better selfies but still, many don’t. The new feature allows the user to take selfies in the dark from the built-in Whatsapp camera app. When using WhatsApp to take a selfie, you need to switch the camera to the front-facing sensor. When clicking a selfie, the display flashes a bright white foreground, which illuminates the user’s face when taking a selfie shot. When in selfie mode, on WhatsApp’s camera option, you will see the flash icon appearing on the left of the capture button. You can turn it off if you don’t want to use it. This is something Apple had implemented before in its iPhones which also happen to lack front facing flash.


However, the flash will be effective only at a particular range and completely depend on your smartphone’s display panel brightness. Since this is in test mode, the feature is only seen with beta testers. There will be many users who would not be able to take advantage of this feature because of smartphone variants. For example, on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge the display flash did work, but was either delayed or too quick for the camera capture. Hence the flash did not illuminate the face in time and we still obtained a dull image. Since the beta release is in test mode, WhatsApp will have to work with its APIs and codes to make sure that the feature can be compatible with most smartphones out there, or probably have settings to make sure there is a delay in the flash and capture settings to match the timings.

Among other changes, WhatsApp had also recently added voicemail feature to the platform that lets you send a voice mail to recipient if the call is unanswered or rejected. The company had also added a quote feature similar to Twitter, allowing users to reply to messages with quoted text. WhatsApp is just getting better with every new update.

You can join WhatsApp beta testing here.

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