WhatsApp getting GIF support soon
The new feature was outed by @WABetaInfo, a Twitter account that keeps tracks of changes in the WhatsApp beta updates. According to the account, version 22.214.171.124 of the WhatsApp will embed GIFs from links into conversations and autoplay them as well. However, supposedly it only works with GIF links. If you try to share a GIF image directly from your device, it won't play. Additionally, you'll be able to convert a GIF to a simple image, because there's nothing better than a GIF that doesn't animate. That is strange.
It's not quite as good as the Gboard iOS keyboard which allows for searching for GIFs, or having proper Giphy integration, so you'll still need to have a way outside of WhatsApp to find the GIF you want. But once you have the link, it'll be a very nice addition to your conversation within WhatsApp.
No word on when to expect the update to hit, but if it's in beta now, it can't be too long.