Facebook properties copying Snapchat features is nothing new. Instagram and Messenger copied Snapchat’s ‘Stories’ feature, so it only seems appropriate that Facebook-owned WhatsApp would completely snag its photo interface.
The new features allow users to add emoji, drawn on images and video, or add plain or colored text. After capturing a photo, or video, you’ll just use your finger to draw on the image — just like Snapchat. Speaking of Snapchat, the emoji should look familiar as it uses the open source Twemoji used by Twitter and Snapchat — not the default Android or iOS emoji the messaging app relies on.
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WhatsApp’s new update isn’t just about emoji and drawing, though. The new camera features make better use of the front-facing shooter by brightening images with its pseudo-flash. At night, or in low light situations, the screen brightens to capture more detail in poorly-lit photos.
Also included in the camera upgrades is the ability to zoom just by sliding your finger up and down, or you can quickly switch between front and rear-facing cameras by double tapping.
Or, you know, you can just use all of this in Snapchat like you were before the update.