WhatsApp status feature brings into straight-up Snapchat Stories clone

WhatsApp status feature brings into straight-up Snapchat Stories clone

WhatsApp Status Feature Revamped: What Is It, How It Works, and Everything Else You Need to Know

San Francisco: Now there’s another Facebook Inc. app making features that mimic Snapchat.
It’s the latest example of a Facebook app building the tools popularized by its younger rival, owned by Snap Inc. Facebook’s Instagram, for example, now has 150 million people using its version of stories, launched in August.

The WhatsApp UI has been updated to accommodate the new features. With video now meant to be a big part of the WhatsApp experience thanks to Status updates, the built-in camera gets a prominent icon of its own. The idea behind the change, Sarafa says, is to get users to share stuff with people "without thinking about which chat window to share it with". So, instead of first picking a chat and then triggering the camera from there like you typically do, you are now encouraged to shoot first, and figure out the sharing options later.
The status feature will be rolled out initially in Europe and will come to other geographies, including India, soon after. Also, this feature will be available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Another new feature being rolled out is the Whatsapp camera, now available on the homepage of the app itself and not limited to the individual chat. The redesigned WhatsApp camera lets you share photos, videos, and GIFs all personalised with emojis, text, and drawings. Sarfa said a lot of users used the camera inside the app and this would make it easier for them to access this feature.

The new WhatsApp Status feature is rolling out users in Europe to begin with, Sarafa said, with other regions in line to get the feature later. The feature will ultimately be available to all WhatsApp users on Android, iPhone, and Windows.