The world’s most popular online messenger application WhatsApp has been slowly improving its platform to make using it easier, and the latest update is another step in the right direction. The Facebook-owned company is now rolling out a new feature for both iOS and Android called ‘predicted upload’, which will make uploading and sending pictures to your contacts a bit quicker and easier. The feature was discovered by WABetaInfo, a blog dedicated to tracking and testing new WhatsApp features.
The feature starts uploading an image to the server in advance, predicting the images that you’re likely to be sending. When you select photos to send, before they are sent you’re given the option to edit pictures in WhatsApp itself, where you can crop or add effects to the shots before you send them. Assuming you don’t add any effects to the shots, the unedited image is uploaded to the WhatsApp server before you actually hit send. To be clear, the image isn’t being sent to the recipient before you give the go-ahead, it’s just being uploaded to the server.
This can save some time when sending images, as the upload to the server begins before you’ve actually hit send, unlike previously where the upload only started after you had confirmed the image to send with or without any edits or modifications. Adding any modifications to the image means that the version predictively uploaded is no longer applicable to send, and would have to upload only after you hit confirm.
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Considering that a lot of images sent go without any modifications, such a feature can work well to save time, and allow more efficient sharing of images on the WhatsApp platform. While the feature is live on the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS, the roll-out is slower for Android. Even though you might have the latest version of WhatsApp on your Android smartphone, you’ll receive the functionality through a server-side update over time.
The feature works on WhatsApp version 2.18.61 on iOS, and for some users running the stable version 2.18.156 on Android, according to WABetaInfo. You’ll know that the feature is working on your phone if you don’t see any noticeable delay in uploading of unedited images to a chat.