Xbox app on iOS and Android now supports viewing GIFs and images in messages

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What you need to know

  • The Xbox app has been updated on iOS and Android.
  • the update brings support for GIFs and images within messages.
  • You can also now click links within messages.

The Xbox app on iOS and Android now supports viewing GIFs and images within messages following a recent update (via MSPU). Additionally, weblinks are now clickable in messaging. The changelog is relatively short, but these features are welcomed ways to improve communication.

  • 'View' support for images and GIFs in messaging
  • Clickable weblinks. You can now send and click link in messaging. Hooray!
  • Performance and bug fixes"

The update also brings bug fixes, but the improvements to messaging within the app are key. Microsoft is pushing the Xbox app and communication through Xbox for users, including the updated Gamebar on Windows 10.

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Sean Endicott
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