WhatsApp update hints YouTube integration; Download latest APK file here

WhatsApp Messenger 2.17.417 is now available to download here.

whatsapp messenger 2.17.417
A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017 (Dado Ruvic/YouTube)

The latest WhatsApp Messenger update for Android was unofficially released on Wednesday, November 15. While there is no official changelog available, the update's encrypted code suggests YouTube integration will soon be made a lot more convenient.

WhatsApp Messenger 2.17.417 brings location sharing feature, allowing users to send their current GPS location to family members or friends. In addition, the latest update also gives users a functionality to add colour filters to pictures.

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These new filters can be added by swiping the screen after taking a photo using WhatsApp's camera. WhatsApp Messenger 2.17.417 APK file can be download here.

In the meantime, reports have circulated that the Facebook-owned messenger app is planning to improve the YouTube viewing experience right on the WhatsApp interface. At the moment, YouTube links on WhatsApp will redirect users to the YouTube app or the user's default browser.

The code was introduced since version 2.17.40, hinting a video playback functionality. This clue suggests that YouTube videos will soon be viewable right within the WhatsApp chat window, which is currently under testing.

According to WABetaInfo, users can pinch on the clip to expand it in different sizes or even get an in-app YouTube experience in full view. Additionally, the picture-in-picture mode can be moved around the app to prevent it from blocking the text beneath.

If is it really in the works, the YouTube integration on WhatsApp should be arriving sooner than expected.

This article was first published on November 15, 2017