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WhatsApp is going through one of its worst periods after the controversial update of the Privacy Policy, meanwhile postponed until May 2021, but not before breaking the trust of millions of users who migrate to Telegram and Signal.

Now, with the latest update of the Facebook group instant messaging application, WhatsApp is no longer on the menu Gcam social sharing, the Google Camera. It was a useful feature, now missing from the Google Camera options.

WhatsApp broke with Gcam after the last update

Introduced in October 2019, the Social Sharing option allowed users to share a photo quickly on various social networks and other applications. Among these was WhatsApp, the dominant instant communications platform.

WhatsApp Google Camera
Social sharing options prior to WhatsApp update 2.21.1.13.

Now, with the latest update to the WhatsApp application for Android, the platform owned by Facebook is prevented from taking advantage of Gcam’s sharing options, Google Camera. It is a new frustration for users of this Google app.

In practice, after taking a photo with the Google Camera, a preview appears in the lower right corner. When doing swipe from the bottom up, new icon columns appear.

By touching one of the icons, we start the process of sharing the image on the chosen social network or application. A simple and convenient process of showing what we have just photographed with the GCam.

The user could choose up to three applications to appear in that menu, with the others to be presented by the Google Camera itself. Something that could be adjusted in the Gcam settings, under the social sharing menu.

The Google Camera lost the option to share on WhatsApp

However, once the version 2.21.1.13 WhatsApp for Android started to be distributed globally, users began to notice a notable absence. How does the 9to5Google, that’s when WhatsApp’s lack of options was found.

Google Camera WhatsApp
Social sharing options after WhatsApp update 2.21.1.13

According to the report, with version 8.1 of Google Camera on Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 devices the option disappeared. The source also points out that there was no mention in the messaging platform update notes. Nothing that can justify the removal.

Furthermore, the decision will not have come from Google since Gcam has not received updates in recent months, so the change came from WhatsApp.

So far, no explanation has been put forward by WhatsApp, or Facebook, in order to justify the removal, and it may even be an error or bug version 2.21.1.13.

The previous public version, launched in December 2020, still supports the Google Camera. The most recent, no.

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