WhatsApp rolled out a new ‘Status’ feature


NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently rolled out a big update to its ‘Status’ feature. The enhanced feature is quite similar to Snapchat’s stories. But it seems that the new Status has turned out to be a flop.

Numerous discontented users have posted their disappointed and criticized the company for copying Instagram and Snapchat’s features. Along with this, users also seem to be missing the old text-based status updates.

2Keeping in mind the feedback received from users, it seems that WhatsApp is now working on bringing back the old status feature. This means that those users will be able to choose between old text-based status updates and the newer audio/video-based status updates.

According to WaBetaInfo (@wabetainfo), a Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp’s beta builds, the ‘Info’ section in the app’s beta version will feature an extended menu. Tapping on it will lead the users to the old status menu, which is now renamed as ‘Info’.

It’s been further mentioned that the new changes appear under the ‘Profile’ section. Earlier, the status was called Tagline but now, it has been renamed as ‘Info’.
Apart from the old status coming back, WaBetaInfo also revealed that WhatsApp has renamed the ‘revoke’ feature as ‘unsend’. The option, which allows users to recall sent messages, is available under the three dot menu located on the top right corner of the app. Once users click on the ‘Unsend’ option, the app asks for a confirmation. When confirmed, the sent status changes to ‘This message was unsent’.
The new features are likely to be rolled out to all WhatsApp users soon.