WhatsApp was originally conceived about eight years ago as a mobile application intended for users to inform their contacts about what they were doing at any given time. Now, coinciding with its eighth birthday, the messaging network wanted to celebrate it with the update of its primitive function, which has been in operation to date, giving a turn to functions similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories. WhatsApp today announced the launch of new ‘Status’ feature, a feature that lets you tell your friends what you are doing at any given time.
In this way, the new ‘Status’ of WhatsApp is a renewed function that will allow users to inform their contacts in a fun way of what they are doing at any time through multimedia content. They will switch from using texts to share status. The new Status feature will allow to include images, customized videos, and even GIFs. The access will be possible only for those contacts that the users themselves want.
In addition, WhatsApp Status will also be encrypted end-to-end and will be available for only 24 hours, long enough for contacts to respond privately. This makes it look like the stories of Snapchat and Instagram. In this sense, users can also silence specific contacts when they want and revert the option at the time they decide.
The new WhatsApp Status will be available in mobile application from today for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
This release takes place, in the same week that marks the eighth birthday of WhatsApp. This function has already been tested by user groups since last November. Users will only have to go to their tab to see the status of their contacts and share theirs.
Source: The Guardian