WhatsApp adds new camera tricks to make you send more photos than ever

Who says an old app can't learn new tricks?

We’re currently drowning in a deluge of messaging apps wanting to be our one and only. Like many before it, WhatsApp has also taken to integrating photo-editing tools into its interface to try and keep its younger users from abandoning it for the green pastures of Snapchat.

That means when you send a photo or video, the editing tools will automatically pop up to let you draw a big fat heart around your morning coffee or add a puking emoji next to the stack of work you have to finish. You can also just add text if you’re not the next Van Gogh.

Taking photos and videos in WhatsApp is also easier now. The camera function supports the front-facing flash on your phone’s camera so the selfies you send are now lit, without having to exit the app and use your phone’s native camera app.

And if you’re taking a video, you can just slide your finger up and down to zoom in and out instead of pinching to zoom. Want to quickly record your reaction to the action? Double-tap the screen to turn the camera on yourself. 

Want to try them out yourself? The update rolls out to Android phones today, but if you’re using an iPhone, you’ll have to wait.

Source: WhatsApp