WhatsApp is testing an option to automatically play animated GIFs

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The GIF format is older than many people on the Internet (it was first released in June 1987), but it is as popular as ever as it is the format of choice for sharing animated memes on social media. Except that doesn’t quite work on WhatsApp, which requires the user to tap the image to see the animation.

WhatsApp beta for Android will change that slightly – animated GIFs will now play automatically the first time they are viewed. However, as WABetaInfo notes, WhatsApp will only play the animation once, even if the GIF is looped. After that, the familiar “GIF” badge…

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