WhatsApp has released new features which lets the users to write, draw and add emojis to their pictures and videos. The company aims to improve users experience by giving them more control over images sharing. This feature is already present in Snapchat since years and in newly launched Google’s messaging app Allo.
Apart from doodling and adding emojis, the latest update supports front facing flash (screen flash) to aid the selfies and video zooming options in the app’s built-in camera.
The update was available in WhatsApp beta version and is now started rolling out for the general public. It is launched for only Android users so far and iOS users will have to wait until it is available for them.
“When you capture a new photo or video or share one that’s already on your phone, you’ll automatically see the new editing tools. Whether you’re drawing a big red heart to show how much you miss someone or adding your favorite emoji – sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Try adding text too, and change the color and font style.
The WhatsApp camera feature now supports the front-facing flash so you can take the perfect selfie. In low light and at night, this will brighten up your screen and improve the quality of your photo. We’ve also added a convenient zooming feature for recording videos – just slide your finger up and down to zoom in and out. And to quickly switch between front and rear facing cameras, double tap on the screen.”
WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook has long been accused of copying features from rivals such as Snapchat. Recently, they have stolen Snapchat stories and introduced it as Instagram stories in Instagram.
It is worth noted that once Facebook offered to buy Snapchat which was turned down by the company’s CEO Evan Spiegel.