WhatsApp appears to be testing a new feature that will let you filter photos within the app. The test was briefly spotted by Android Police before it was again taken off by the Facebook-owned chat app.
Apparently, the feature is one for the future as no trace of it on the App Store the last time I checked. What WhatsApp plans to achieve with this is anyone’s guess, but recent additions seem to suggest that the app is gradually evolving as a social media service.
The filters, according to the report, will be available from a swipe up gesture when you are editing an image before being sent. The report further adds that only a couple of filters are available at the moment, including Pop, B&W, Cool, Chrome, and Film. This feature doesn’t look like one designed to replace your favorite photo filters, but it certainly is an addition to a bunch of apps out there. The coming weeks will clearly provide more insight into what the company’s thinking is per the filters.
Want to try the new photo filter feature out? You will have to get the v2.17.297 beta from APK Mirror; but this will have to be followed by stopping the app from auto-updating on the Play Store.
Beta version 2.17.291 is already promising to be one update to look forward to as the instant messaging app is rolling out a Facebook-like colored status.
The new feature made popular by Facebook, is still being tested, and is not yet available to everyone. However, users that have signed on as beta testers can access the new feature.
Want to try this new test status feature? Click the Status tab and look for the floating pencil button on the bottom right. If you are a beta tester, but still can’t find the new feature on the app installed on your phone, simply clear out the app data. Do take note that clearing your app data might affect your installation.
The new colored status features three icons that can be used to add emojis, selecting font, and changing the background color. When you are done typing your text, you can tap the green send button to update your status.
The feature is still being tested and does not in any way indicate that it will be rolled out to a wider audience.
With 1 billion daily active users, WhatsApp has evolved into one of the most-used chat apps in the world today.
2016 turned out to be one of the most eventful years for the mobile chat app as it edged several other chat apps. WhatsApp added a couple of highly-sought after features including, video calling, two-step verification, animated GIFs, and a couple of others. It got even better for the app as Apple announced that WhatsApp was the most downloaded free iOS app.
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