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WhatsApp has over 1 billion monthly active users and this makes it one of the most used mobile applications out there. Today we will talk about a feature that we will see soon on this application and that is GIF support.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any news regarding the Video Calling feature that is rumored to be released for the WhatsApp application sometime soon. However, we have seen some leaked pictures showing a WhatsApp application running on an iOS device and having the Video Calling feature enabled. The developers haven’t confirmed this feature yet, but it is expected that more information about it will be released in the near future.



However, let’s get back to the GIF support that is expected to be released for WhatsApp. First of all, you should know that a good amount of messaging applications come with GIF integration. Unfortunately, WhatsApp doesn’t support GIFs (yet) and that disappointed many users of the application.

Well, it seems that soon enough this will change, as the latest WhatsApp BETA version for iOS shows that this feature will be introduced in an upcoming update. A Twitter user named WABetaInfo, who tracks changes of the WhatsApp BETA versions, has noted that the version 2.16.7.1 of the application will now “autoplay” GIF links and embed them directly into your conversation.

We agree that this is not like the GIF search feature that’s found on Wire or Facebook Messenger, but this clearly shows that the developers are preparing this application to receive full GIF support sometime soon.

According to the changelog of the WhatsApp 2.16.7.1 for iOS, the application will be able to save GIFs as a “simple image”. We are not sure why the developers would want to do this, but maybe that’s because GIFs are usually larger than usual pictures.

Do you think that the WhatsApp application will come with a GIF search feature?

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