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New WhatsApp Update Enables Media Preview in iOS

In its previous update, WhatsApp launched new features including the "forwarded" tag that goes along with messages that are being forwarded

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Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp on Tuesday released a new update for devices with iOS 10 and above with “notification extension” that would allow users to see and download received media files from on-screen notifications itself.

Received by some iOS users, the new extension is part of WhatsApp’s version 2.18.80 and would support download of images and Graphics Interchange Formats (GIFs) from the notifications in the user’s auto-download option is deactivated, confirmed WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features before release.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

Along with the option to download, the update would also enable users to preview the received media content on swiping down the notifications panel.

The new “notification extension” will be made available for users after Whatsapp adds improvements in the next updates, the report added.

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There is no word yet when will this extension reach the Android users.

In its previous update, WhatsApp launched new features including the “forwarded” tag that goes along with messages that are being forwarded. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Testing Official Emojis for Status Doodling

Lately, WhatsApp has been testing and introducing a plethora of new features on the beta as well as public versions of the app

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WhatsApp has made a series of changes, including labeling forwarded messages to inform users when they have received something not from their immediate contacts. Pixabay

To further customise its app features, Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is testing its official emojis on the doodle-maker option available for its Status Stories.

The decision to remove the current old-school emojis available in the doodle-maker comes after WhatsApp enabled Doodle user interface (UI) improvements in its 2.19.106 beta, WABetaInfo reported on Friday.

Lately, WhatsApp has been testing and introducing a plethora of new features on the beta as well as public versions of the app.

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Recently it added the capability to allow users to choose a total of 30 audio files to send at once. Previously users could only share one audio file at a time.

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The app is already working on the much-awaited iPad support that is being tested with features including Touch ID support, split-screen and landscape mode.

In addition, to minimise the spread of fake news on its platform, WhatsApp is testing the “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded Message” feature that would let its over 1.5 billion users know how many times a message has been forwarded, which could raise questions on its authenticity. (IANS)