After many leaks and rumours, WhatsApp has finally rolled out the revamp version of its Status feature. With this new feature, users will now be able to share images, videos and GIFs with their friends and contacts on WhatsApp. The new update is available for both Android and iOS devices, however, BlackBerry and Nokia users will not get this new update.
The Facebook-owned messaging app new feature is end-to-end encrypted and one sees the new Status for just 24 hours with no option to retrieve it after that. Further, users would also have the control on who can see their status by adjusting privacy settings. As you reach the last series of Status, the app asks you to try and post yours.
The new update seems to be inspired by the Instagram Stories, which in turn is inspired by Snapchat Stories. Facebook is trying hard to compete with Snapchat, but it seems that the company has ended up copying most of the features from the photo sharing app. We already know, that Facebook brought this Stories feature to Instagram and then to Facebook Messenger, with multiple reports also indicating that it might soon bring it to its native app as well.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp recently introduced two-step verification for all the users after it launched the feature for beta users back in November 2016. For the new status feature, it will be interesting to see how Facebook-owned WhatsApp implements the concept of sharing photos, videos and GIFs with friends, for just 24 hours, in the upcoming WhatsApp feature.