WhatsApp is testing a few additional features to its iOS app with the ability to view once photos and videos sent, similar to Snapchat as well as a new redesigned in-app notification. According to WABetaInfo, after rolling out this feature for Android beta testers recently, the messaging platform is finally making the view once feature available for iOS beta users with version 188.8.131.52.
With this feature, users will be able to use the Snapchat-like feature to send photos and videos that destroy themselves after being seen. Although different from Snapchat, WhatsApp will not tell you if someone takes a screenshot. Along with View Once mode, the beta version is also getting redesigned in-app notifications. This feature will allow users to see more details about the messages in the notification panel such as stickers, GIFs, videos, and images.
The user can now expand the in-app notification to show the chat preview: the chat preview is not static like the one that appears when you peek on a chat cell, so the user can scroll up and down the view to see older and newer messages.WhatsApp has also finally started testing custom compression on videos recently too. Facebook aims to bring on more custom options for users as the company attempts to make WhatsApp ubiquitous across multiple devices and do what it can to remove media compression to improve the cross-device user experience.
The three options available for videos include Auto, Best Quality, and Data Saver are now also accessible for photos as well. On sluggish network connectivity, Auto is the preferred option, which just keeps sending videos as compressed files. Data saver is ideal for individuals who want to send movies without exceeding their monthly data limit.