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WhatsApp gained a handful of new features this week, including photo filters, quick replies, and automatic albums in chat threads.

The photo filters in WhatsApp 2.17.30 are similar to those found in Snapchat and Instagram: users can now add one of five filters to photos, videos, and GIFs before sending, enabling them to enhance the look or correct poor lighting. Pop, black and white, cool, chrome, and film filters can be selected with a simple swipe up on the image.

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In addition, WhatsApp now automatically generates album views when multiple images or videos are sent consecutively in the same chat window, thereby avoiding the usual stream of individual images that clog up a thread.

Elsewhere, users can reply to a specific message in a thread by swiping across it, which takes it to the bottom of the chat window where they can type a response. WhatsApp says the feature is particularly useful during fast-moving group chats when a particular message can get quickly lost higher up the thread.

Finally, WhatsApp is said to be readying a much-requested hidden "unsend" feature in another imminent update to the app.

According to fan site WABetaInfo, Whatsapp will enable "Recall" in version 2.17.30+, allowing users to delete texts, images, videos, GIFs, documents, quoted messages, and even Status replies after they have been sent, as long as the Recall feature is used within a five-minute window.

WhatsApp is a free download for iPhone from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: WhatsApp Gains Photo Filters and Automatic Albums, 'Recall' Feature Reportedly Imminent
 

flowsy

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Hate the albums, don't care about the filters but like the new reply feature. All in all an OK update.
 

JosephAW

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Sorry WhatsApp, you've lost about 12 users here to Telegram in the past month because you've repeatedly ignored our requests to fix audio recording for one person in our group who is physically disabled with a hand tremor who was unable to record audio successfully with your tiny button.
Telegram got it perfect with tap and slide up and then hands free recording.
Works great for the rest of us too. Goodbye.
 

DaveTheRave

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I like how Whatsapp does groups, with a moderator and public invite links. I wish iMessage did groups better.
 

saudade

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Sorry WhatsApp, you've lost about 12 users here to Telegram in the past month because you've repeatedly ignored our requests to fix audio recording for one person in our group who is physically disabled with a hand tremor who was unable to record audio successfully with your tiny button.
Telegram got it perfect with tap and slide up and then hands free recording.
Works great for the rest of us too. Goodbye.

Oh no! 12 users! Now its only used by 999.999.988 users a day.
 
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