New Update Brings Snapchat Features To WhatsApp

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There’s a saying that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Well, for WhatsApp, that’s about to be the case. Now that Facebook owns WhatsApp, they seem to be on a mission to do everything in their power to be like Snapchat. First, there were Instagram Stories, then came an app called Lifestage. Now WhatsApp is getting new camera features that not so much resemble Snapchat but look downright identical. So much so that you might not even be able to distinguish one from the other.

Once a photo is captured using WhatsApp’s camera, you are able to add emojis, draw over the image, or even add a text, almost like a similar app that starts with the letter “S” and ends with the letter “T”.

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Image taken from https://blog.whatsapp.com

Clicking on the icon on top gives you a vertical line of colors that again, looks very similar to Snapchat’s interface. Adding to this is that both apps use Twemoji, an open source library of emoticons which means that even the emoji you add will look similar if not identical.

Another new feature WhatsApp has developed refers to the front facing camera of your smartphone where you will be able to enable flash feature which essentially whitens your screen to compensate for low-light selfies. Again, not mind blowing technology. The iPhones had it for some time and the flagship Samsung Galaxy devices have it as well. The update also allows you to slide your finger up and down to zoom in and out whilst recording a video and double tapping the screen will let you switch between front and rear facing cameras

The update is starting to roll out to Android devices as you read this article with updates for iPhone users expected soon. If you’re a Beta tester for WhatsApp (like me), then you should see an update available in the Play Store or if you’re a regular user, you can check with the Play Store to see if the update is available.

In my honest opinion, I feel that with all these apps having almost identical features, it becomes a tad confusing on what app to use.

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