WhatsApp has been bringing quite a few exciting features lately. From video calling to increased media sharing limit to native gif support, we have seen many changes in the communication app in last few month. Now in its most recent update, WhatsApp has introduced another Snapchat-like feature, WhatsApp Status – which is a new tab to share photos, videos, and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours.
WhatsApp tested the feature on beta users back in November, is now rolling out the Status tab worldwide on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. This new feature is end-to-end encrypted, similar to WhatsApp messaging, and hence ensures the user security WhatsApp has become famous for. With the WhatsApp’s 8th birthday on February 24, this update will be available for all the users around the globe.
WhatsApp CEO and co-founder, Jan Koum, has the following to say about this new feature:
Starting today, we are rolling out an update to status, which allows you to share photos and videos with your friends and contacts on WhatsApp in an easy and secure way. Just like eight years ago when we first started WhatsApp, this new and improved status feature will let you keep your friends who use WhatsApp easily updated in a fun and simple way. From all of us at WhatsApp, we hope you enjoy it!
WhatsApp is the most popular and undisputed messaging and media sharing app today. Each day, 50 billion messages are sent via the app, including more than 3.3 billion photos, 760 million videos, and 80 million GIFs. This also explains why the company’s focus has been on these three mediums with this new update.