WhatsApp doesn’t need an introduction anymore, as it’s the application with the largest number of active users: over 1 billion, and since it was purchased by Facebook in 2014, it received many new features. The latest addition is a Snapchat-like feature that allows users to doodle or draw on top of their photos, or to write a text, or add add stickers and emoji icons. However, the latest beta update (2.16.255) has included a new selfie flash update.
The feature is found on many smartphones that support the selfie flash option, and WhatsApp has decided to push it to its users and allow them to capture selfies in the dark. They will use the built-in camera app from the front side, but because only a few phones have a front-facing LED flash, the rest will have their display panel turned into a flash. This means that users will no longer need to turn on the light to take a good quality selfie, as the screen will illuminate their face.
Users will choose the selfie mode and they will see the flash icon on the left of the capture button, which can be turned off if they don’t want to use it. Depending on the display’s panel brightness and distance between the screen and user’s face, the flash will offer proper results. For now, the feature is in test mode, so it may be buggy, but beta testers should be patient and let the developers do their job and improve this new functionality.
The owners of the Galaxy S6 Edge who tested the feature said that the display flash did work, but it was triggered too late or before the camera capture, so the face wasn’t illuminated in real time and the image was dark. Most likely, in the next days, the developers will bring new updates with fixes for this feature.