WhatsApp to add back text status option in both apps (Android, iOS)


WhatsApp took a shot by launching Snapchat-like ‘Status’ feature last month, it replaced the ability for its users to set a text-based in-app status with a Snapchat Stories clone. This feature had not generated much excitement amount its user base.

According to the grapevine, after user reaction, the company is adding again the ability for users to set the availability status through app’s About section, according to a report from TechCrunch.

Report also states that the new About feature will not replace the current running status feature of the application and it should be rolling out to Android apps in the next week, and to iOS users “soon.”

A spokesperson from WhatsApp stated, “we heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info. At the same time, we’re continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day.”

WhatsApp has currently more than 1 billion users and its users spend more than 50 billion messages each day, this includes 3.3 billion photos, 760 million videos and 80 million animated images (GIFs) that make many popular internet memes.

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Himani Sharma, From ITvoir News Desk