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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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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Testing Profile Preview Feature on Android, iOS

The micro-blogging site is also working on a feature that would trace the origins of long tweet-threads

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The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. vOA

In an attempt to address the problem of following threaded conversations on its app, micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly testing an overlay of profile preview that would enable users to see information of any person replying to their tweet-threads.

Typically, Twitter does not automatically organise conversations in ways easy to dissect, hence, tweet threads become difficult to follow and users tend to get lost in confusion.

This feature, which would work within the threads as well as outside on the main feed, would show information of the replier including their Twitter bio, follower counts, and when they joined the service, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

Users would also get options to jump to the full profile of the other users along with the standard share options – specifically tailored for the user’s profile.

Twitter says the feature should be arriving for Android users soon, the report said.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

The company also tweeted about testing the feature on iOS that would allow users to check out other people’s profiles without having to leave their timelines.

“A feature like a profile preview is a good way to help users stay focused on one particular conversation and glean important information about who’s participating without having to jump around incessantly,” the report added.

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In a recent interview, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey happened to mention that Twitter is working out ways to restrict mental and physical threats to its users that are triggered during or due to digital conversation on its platform.

The micro-blogging site is also working on a feature that would trace the origins of long tweet-threads. (IANS)