WhatsApp for Android is gearing up to share animated GIF images or small length videos as GIF sort of images. The new feature from WhatsApp will allow users to convert a video of lesser than six seconds to an animated GIF image. Users running beta versions of WhatsApp Android from 2.16.242 to 2.16.244 can avail this new GIF image support. The updated beta version which supports this new feature is available in Google Play Store.

It is reported that the GIF image support was observed on the 2.16.242 beta version of WhatsApp for Android. Later, it was tested and proved that the feature is available for the beta versions from 2.16.242 to 2.16.244. Users have to go to the attachment icon on the top of the chat screen and select the attachment.

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Users will record a 6 second or lesser than 6 seconds video by using video recording option. A trimming video page with a camcorder icon will appear in the top right corner of the page. The recorded video will be converted into a GIF by just selecting the icon.

The feature is also enabled for the existing videos in the gallery which are of 6 seconds or less. Users can also trim the videos by using video trimmer which is inbuilt. It also supports users to attach videos from another app and share through Whatsapp. The camcorder icon disappears for videos which haven’t got trimmed to a time limit of 6 seconds.

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These uploaded files are converted as mp4 files without an audio and auto-play line-in. The files which users sends or receives are saved in the path WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Animated GIFs as mp4 files as well.

A Buzz is created that WhatsApp first announced this GIF image Support back in June and to launch on iOS platform first. But as if now, there is no information regarding the launch of this feature for iOS users.