WhatsApp has been working on updates and bug fixes for a long time. This time, WatsApp is reportedly working on an update that will automatically display GIFS, which are pasted in the conversation. However, there is no other confirmation on when or when it will release on Android. The changes in the latest beta release of WhatsApp for iOS were reported by @WABetaInfo, which tracks beta releases of the app.
These changes include support for autoplaying gif images when shared as a link, the ability to save the gif image to your camera roll, the ability to directly reply to gif image messages, encryption support for gif sharing, and support for Peek and Pop (3D Touch) actions on gif images.
This news comes shortly after rival messaging service Viber brought gif image support to its platform. Rumour also has it that WhatsApp is expected to introduce video calling. Last major update to Whatsapp was the addition of document sharing on WhatsApp Web.