WeChat adds looping Vine-style video to iOS upgrade

WeChat adds looping Vine-style video to iOS upgrade

WeChat, the free messaging and calling app from Tencent, includes all kinds of animated, flashy, multimedia thingies to accompany your basic message.

Today, the company delivered its version 6 upgrade for iOS, introducing a new video component called Sight to the service. Sight lets you record six-second looping videos for sharing in personal chat or via Moments, which can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Just slide down the chat screen to reveal the recording interface, press the button, and go.

The tiny video recording is reminiscent of a Vine or perhaps an animated GIF, and will autoplay if sent as a message. It’s easy to shoot and looks pretty cool.

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According to a report on Tech In Asia, another major feature of this upgrade — passbook storage for tickets, prepaid cards and so forth —  is only available in China for users who have the Chinese language version of the app installed.

The feature does not even show up in the US App Store description or on my phone.

An Android version of the upgrade has not been released yet.

➤ WeChat [iOS]

Thumbnail image via Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

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