WhatsApp wants to make people's Status updates more obvious on iOS
What you need to know
- WhatsApp is working on making it easier for iPhone users to see Status updates.
- Status updates are now appearing in the main Chats view for those running the latest beta version of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is working on a change to its iPhone app that will make it more obvious to people when their friends have posted an updated Status. The change is currently available to those who are part of the WhatsApp beta program, but will likely be rolled out to everyone in due course.
While the WhatsApp Status feature is similar to Instagram Stories, it's one that isn't used anywhere near as much. That might be why the instant messaging outfit seems keen to make the feature more accessible, likely to help drive its use. Now, WABetaInfo reports that a new beta changes things so that new Status updates appear in the regular chat feed, making them easier to spot. A similar change has already been made to the latest desktop beta version of the app.
Here's how WhatsApp describes the underused Status feature:
WhatsApp is among the best iPhone apps for people who need to stay in touch with friends and family who use Android devices and Windows PC hardware, but the Status update feature isn't a main one for users. WhatsApp will be hoping that changes following this update.
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