WhatsApp is the latest app owned by Facebook that tries to copy Snapchat along with its recent camera update. The highly popular messaging service lets Android users customize videos and images with emojis, doodles or plain text. The interesting part about it is that it lets you edit and personalize both new and old media, whether we’re talking about clips and photos found on your phone or taken directly from the camera in WhatsApp.
When you take a photo or just select an existing one, you will see several new icons on the top of the screen, which help you edit the photo. The same system works for videos too. Besides this features, you are also able to change the color and the font of the captions.
But the developers did not stop here with improving the app. In an attempt to bring more attention to the WhatsApp camera, they made it support the front-facing flash available on Android phones. This, according to the developers, helps you take a perfect selfie even in low light conditions or during the night.
The update further brings several new touch gestures, such as the possibility to zoom in and out when you’re recording videos by sliding your finger up and down on the screen. Moreover, you can double tap if you want to switch between the rear and front camera. According to the developers, all the recent improvements and tools will be available for iPhone users soon.
Snapchat was the first app to make photo and video personalization a successful thing in the US, and after that most major apps followed in their steps. Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram consequently added customizing tools to their main or spinoff apps. Only Whatsapp was somewhat left behind, but now it seems they are catching up with the times and incorporating this new trend into their app.
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