What you need to know
- WhatsApp is testing putting Status updates in the main chat view.
- Status updates are being tested in terms of search results, making them more obvious when looking for messages and contacts.
WhatsApp is reportedly testing a change that puts the under-used Status update feature into more places including the main chat list and search results.
While WhatsApp has offered a Status update feature for a while, it doesn't appear to be a heavily-used one. The feature itself is similar to Instagram Stories, but it can be easily missed. Now, WABetaInfo reports that a new beta release of the app puts Status updates into new places — the main chat list and search results.
According to the report, anyone wanting to be able to see a Status update can tap a profile picture to see it.
That final sentence is likely the whole point here — WhatsApp appears keen to make sure that more people become aware of the Status update profile as a result of the change.
WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone apps for staying in touch with other people, especially those who are using Android devices that don't have access to iMessage. That's the main use case for WhatsApp, but the improved visibility of Status updates could drive the use of that feature — at least, that's what WhatsApp will be hoping.
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Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.