WhatsApp Status is WhatsApp's Snapchat Stories competitor - and its rolling out now

Typically, the feature which used to be limited to text only has now been updated to incorporate video and picture statuses in recognition of modern trends. But most people don't realize that originally WhatsApp was meant to be a status update app, like Twitter, but when the creators realized that people were using the app to talk in real time, they quickly switched it over to a messenger app.

And unlike Snapchat and Instagram, WhatsApp can protect your Status updates with end-to-end encryption. This feature allows WhatsApp users to broadcast their current status via photos and videos just like in Instagram and as mentioned earlier, SnapChat.

Now that the 8 anniversary of WhatsApp is coming up, the popular instant messaging app has released new features for its users.

WhatsApp says only the parts who are communicating can see the message, not an outside party or even WhatsApp.

When your account gets access to Status, you won't have to download or install an app update from the App Store or Play Store - it'll just show up.

You can post a WhatsApp status that will disappear within 24 hours. However, WhatsApp said the concept behind Status has been around for much longer than Stories. You can either send your Status directly to a friend, as a photo or video within a conversation thread, or you can tap My Status at the top of the list to update your Status.

The new WhatsApp will add a new tab besides call and chat in the app. The clicked photos and videos can also be customised by adding overlays such as drawings, emojis or caption. You can even edit or cut down the GIF if it is too big. This is great because not only is WhatsApp becoming more like Snapchat, but it gives you more options when it comes to updating your status. Same as Snapchat stories the status will be disappear after 24 hours. It does not look like you can save a status to your iOS or Android device, so captures are only good from within the WhatsApp app.

  • Carolyn Briggs