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WhatsApp is reportedly working on an Instagram-style Boomerang feature

Instagram's popular looping video format is set to arrive on WhatsApp too, according to serial tipster WABetaInfo.

Published onAugust 9, 2019

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Facebook’s apps all offer Story functionality, but it now seems like Instagram‘s ever-popular Boomerang feature is the latest feature to spread to other Facebook-owned apps.

According to ever-reliable tipster WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp team is working on a Boomerang-style feature for iOS. But the tipster adds that the functionality will land on Android as well.

Instagram’s Boomerang function allows you to endlessly loop a video backwards and forwards, akin to a GIF. WABetaInfo says the WhatsApp take is similar, allowing you to loop a part of any video that’s less than seven seconds in length.

WhatsApp Boomerang functionality.

WhatsApp’s Boomerang feature will reportedly be available in the video type panel, which usually allows you to choose a video or GIF as the desired format before sending it. Alongside these existing options, you’ll find an arrow pointing to the left, denoting Boomerang as a third format.

There’s no word on a release date for the feature, but it certainly seems like a major addition to the platform given its popularity on Instagram. What else would you like to see on WhatsApp? Let us know in the comments!

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