WhatsApp had been rumored for quite some time now to introduce a new feature similar to Snapchat’s Stories. Facebook managed to successfully implement Snapchat Stories-like feature on Instagram, and looks like it has passed it on to WhatsApp as well. It had been reported that WhatsApp will allow its users to upload pictures and videos as their status updates in the form of Stories, which would disappear after duration of 24 hours. It was also said that the update would reach iOS users first, followed by Android and Windows Phone later. There are now images released which show how the new WhatsApp status feature would work.
This information comes from Twitter user WABetaInfo, which has been consistent leaks about upcoming WhatsApp features. The images revealed by the said account shows what the new WhatsApp updates will look like. There are six Stories posted which look similar to Instagram Stories. Looking at the images, the updates seem to be uploaded via WhatsApp. The new status updates take the form of images on which one can add text which is against the backdrop of green color, along with doodles and stickers.
The first Status from WhatsApp! (Still hidden) pic.twitter.com/CLVSHl9Ycd
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) February 16, 2017
The text in these status updates also reveals the details about this new feature. As seen in WhatsApp, the messaging app gives the liberty to its users to control the privacy of their new status updates. One can control who gets to view the status updates, by changing the privacy settings. It is also written that one can post GIFs as well, in addition to photos and videos. The update hasn’t hit either Android or iOS for now, but WABetaInfo reports that it will be available for iOS users soon. WhatsApp is also said to be working on a revamped UI, and a change in the layout for the conversation screens. WhatsApp is also reported to include a new quick camera tab and also a FAB (Floating Action Button) for Android. Currently, the FAB feature is available on iOS devices only.
Looks like WhatsApp is working on big updates, but it should be noted that beta updates necessarily do not mean an official update. Few weeks back, there was a WhatsApp beta update about sharing of real time live location in group chats. Another update included the revoking feature where one could edit and recall messages which have already been sent. The said updates have still not been rolled out, so it’s advised to keep a hold on the aforementioned update as well. ALSO READ: WhatsApp beta update hints at a new ‘live location’ sharing feature
Speaking about official updates, WhatsApp had recently introduced an extra layer of security the app with a two-step verification process. Two-step verification is one of the most widely used security features, and it basically adds an additional layer of authentication before giving one access to their account. The two-step verification method has been adopted by companies like Twitter, Instagram, Apple, LinkedIn, Google and Microsoft. ALSO READ: WhatsApp introduces two-step verification as extra security for its 1.2 billion users