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WhatsApp adds GIF search and increases media sharing limit to 30 items

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The latest WhatsApp update adds GIF search features and expands the app’s media sharing limit from 10 to 30. The improvements are included in the WhatsApp 2.17.6 beta for Android, which introduces GIF functionality available to iPhone users since November last year.

Previously, WhatsApp users on Android were able to send and receive GIFs as long as they were stored on the device. Now, WhatsApp has integrated GIF search directly into the app. Tapping the emoji icon next to the text entry bar within WhatsApp reveals a GIF option at the bottom of the emoji window. This allows you to search Giphy (or Tenor in some regions) for GIFs to send in chats.

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WhatsApp’s latest update also allows you to send 30 files at once, rather than send them in packages of 10. This ends a longstanding annoyance where users had to re-enter the media sharing screen just to send an extra one or two photos after their first batch.

WhatsApp hasn’t officially announced the update’s roll out yet but it will likely follow soon — providing there aren’t any deal-breaking problems with the beta. Also note that, after a quick look at the response to the original story, it appears that not all users running the latest WhatsApp version have access the new features. Their appearance may be dependent on location.

You can download the latest beta from the Play Store (though you’ll need to register to become a beta tester first). Should you update, let us know your experience with the latest version in the comments.

WhatsApp may soon let you edit and delete sent messages

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WhatsApp may be working on a new function that would allow users to edit and delete sent messages. The news arrives via the WABetaInfo Twitter channel, a source of early WhatsApp news and speculation, which claims to have discovered the feature in the WhatsApp 2.17.1.869 beta build for iOS. This would be the first time WhatsApp has introduced such features since it launched in 2010.

WABetaInfo tweeted a video showing the message deletion process in action. It appears to work by tapping and holding on a sent message to bring up a list of options, including “revoke”, which can be selected to delete the message from the conversation. It also seems that this can be applied to read messages, as WhatsApp’s blue check marks can be seen briefly before the messages are removed.

A subsequent tweet reveals an “edit” option available in the same menu, which would allow users to amend the content of sent messages. WABetaInfo says would be disabled by default.

Though this speculation pertains to the iOS build, it’s highly likely that the feature would also roll out to the Android version – should it roll out at all.

Would you like to see this feature come to WhatsApp? Let us know in the comments.

You can now stream video in WhatsApp beta before downloading it

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Signing up for the beta version of WhatsApp means you get access to new features before everyone else. While the official version of WhatsApp has only just added video calling (which was available in beta form for weeks), the beta version has just added another upcoming WhatsApp feature: video streaming.

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Before you get too excited though, this isn’t like Facebook Live or Instagram Live Stories, just the ability to stream video immediately without having to download them first.

WhatsApp is, first and foremost, a friend-to-friend messaging app, so the streaming video feature is more about allowing you to view a video message as quickly as possible than it is about broadcasting your breakfast to the world at large.

You can now stream video in WhatsApp beta before downloading it

The way the new streaming function works is twofold. If you have media auto-downloading enabled, as soon as the message arrives it’ll start downloading, as you can see by the progress meter in the bottom left hand corner of the preview above.

But before the download has finished you can tap the big play button in the middle and watch the video while it downloads in the background. Once it has downloaded the progress meter will be replaced by a video duration indicator.

You can now stream video in WhatsApp beta before downloading it

If you have media auto-downloading off (or just don’t allow auto-download videos when on a cellular connection), you’ll see something a little different.

You’ll still see the big play button in the middle and be able to stream the video as soon as it arrives, but the video won’t be downloaded automatically. For that you’ll have to tap the download button in the bottom left hand corner instead.

Are you happy to see video messages delivered faster? What do you want to see in WhatsApp next?

Facebook stops collecting WhatsApp user data in Europe following regulator pressure

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Facebook has stopped gathering WhatsApp user data in Europe following pressure from regulators, the Financial Times reports. The social media giant will no longer collect device information, including phone numbers, which could be used for advertizing purposes.

WhatsApp announced in August that it would begin sharing user data with its parent company and afforded its users 30 days to opt in or out of the process. The move drew criticism from authorities across Europe, and investigations into Facebook’s potential data protection violations are ongoing in the UK, Germany, France and Italy.

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Facebook’s decision to halt data collection may only be a temporary measure, however, as it continues “detailed conversations with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office and other data protection officials.” Facebook said that it remained open to “working collaboratively to address their questions.”

Are you concerned about Facebook and WhatsApp’s data collection practices? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

WhatsApp steps up its game by introducing video calling to all users

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There’s no arguing that WhatsApp is extremely popular around the world. At the beginning of the year, the Facebook-owned app announced that it has over a billion monthly active users. In order to keep those users engaged and stay competitive in its space, the company knows it has to bring new features to the table.

Today, WhatsApp announced that video calling, a feature first released in the beta version of the app, is going live. Available for Android, as well as iOS and Windows devices, it will roll out to users across the world within the next few days. To use it, you’ll have to update your app, jump into the chat window, and tap the familiar phone icon. Then choose between starting a video or a voice call, and you’re good to go.

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October 4, 2016

WhatsApp is obviously fighting to keep its market share and hopes to increase its user base by adding a few new features. In addition to bringing video calling to its app, WhatsApp has recently been testing out a Snapchat-like “Statusâ€� feature, which hasn’t officially been released yet. It has also introduced a two-step verification process (beta version), which will hopefully be available soon.

Any thoughts regarding WhatsApp’s video calling feature? Will you be trying it out?