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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.

Also Read: WhatsApp Makes Changes in India After Deadly Attacks

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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2019 Will See the Release of 61 New Emoji Characters

Eight "emoji provisional candidates" for 2020 have also been added which includes ninja, military helmet.

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61 new emoji characters shortlisted. Pixabay

Unicode Consortium, the organisation that regulates emojis has shortlisted 179 candidates – 61 characters plus variants – for release in 2019.

Giving a thumbs up to diversity, making up a large chunk of those new emoji are 55 characters to represent couples of different genders and skin tones, The Verge reported on Thursday.

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The shortlisted emoji includes representation of a person with hearing impairment as well.. VOA

The shortlisted emoji includes representation of a person with hearing impariment as well.

The list of draft candidates will be reviewed and finalised in the next meeting, this coming September, Unicode Consortium said in a blog post.

Also Read: World Emoji Day: Apple, Facebook, Twitter Celebrate with New Emojis

Additionally, eight “emoji provisional candidates” for 2020 have also been added which includes ninja, military helmet, mammoth, feather, dodo, magic wand, carpentry saw and a screwdriver, it said. (IANS)

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