WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will let you edit media files that you've sent or received on the application. The feature is being tested on both, Android and iOS, platforms. Like many WhatsApp features in beta, the release date of this 'Quick edit' feature isn't made final.
WABetaInfo, a website that tracks the latest WhatsApp features, posted a few screenshots of the feature in development. Going by these, a new 'Edit' button will be introduced next to 'Share' and 'Favourite' buttons that will allow you to edit the media.
The 'Edit' button gives you the the editing tools that exactly the same to what you find right before sending an image to a recipient—you get to crop, add text and doodle on the image. The only difference here is that you can now edit photos that you have received or already sent to someone right from the application.
Until now, if you had to crop or edit an image after receiving it on the application, you would have to either open the image in your default image viewing application or send the image to someone else on WhatsApp itself.
WABetaInfo said that the new feature isn't available yet on WhatsApp yet, but it is expected to make it to the final versions of WhatsApp for Android and iPhone soon.
A professor at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras on Wednesday said that the messages can be easily traced on WhatsApp without diluting end-to-end encryption and affecting the privacy of users. When a message is sent from WhatsApp, the identity of the originator can also be revealed along with the message, he said.
India started pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages after several lynching cases last year were linked to rumours spread on the messaging service.