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WhatsApp Spotted Developing a Boomerang Feature to Let Users Create Video Loops

The feature is said to be available for videos that are of less than seven seconds.

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WhatsApp Spotted Developing a Boomerang Feature to Let Users Create Video Loops

WhatsApp would enable users to create video loops through the new feature

Highlights
  • Boomerang feature is said to be available through the Video Type panel
  • WhatsApp users would be able to share video loops through a Status update
  • Instagram brought a dedicated Boomerang app in 2015

WhatsApp has been spotted developing a Boomerang feature that would allow users to create looping videos. The feature is currently in a development stage and will be initially available for iPhone users, according to a report. However, it is said to also reach Android users soon after its debut on iOS. WhatsApp sister concern Instagram originally brought a Boomerang app particularly for its users to let them easily create one-second video loops. The Boomerang app was designed to counter Twitter's Vine that offered six-second video loops segments.

Feature tracker for WhatsApp, WABetaInfo has reported the development of the Boomerang feature. WhatsApp users are said to receive the new feature through the Video Type panel, which currently provides the ability to convert a video file into GIF.

The feature would be available for videos that are less than seven seconds, the source said. Further, the video loops created through the new development could be shared with WhatsApp contacts through a message or uploaded as a Status update.

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WhatsApp for iPhone has been spotted with the Boomerang feature
Photo Credit: WABetaInfo

 

Initially, the Boomerang feature is said to be available to WhatsApp for iPhone. Android users would also get the new Boomerang video feature at a later stage, though.

Instagram, the sibling of WhatsApp and one of the major subsidiaries of Facebook, brought the dedicated Boomerang app back in October 2015. The company also added a Boomerang feature to Instagram Stories in late 2016.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp rolled out its 'Frequently Forwarded' messages label for both Android and iPhone users in India. The label was originally piloted last year with the ability to let users know if they've received a message that has been forwarded over five times.

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Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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