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WhatsApp Goes Back To Its Roots

February 22, 2017

WhatsApp, one of the most used messaging apps, introduced a new feature – status updates. The new version of status updates (an old one was also the app’s initial feature) is already available across Europe, and will likely roll out globally in the weeks soon.

When choosing between Instagram Stories, Snapchat and Facebook status updates, users will now be able to share their “feels” on WhatsApp. Launched this Monday, status update lets you share photos, videos, and GIFs with all your contacts at once. As WhatsApp recently redesigned its camera app, you can personalize media – with emoji, text, drawings and everything between. If it sounds and looks familiar, don’t worry. It certainly looks like Snapchat (or other rival apps)! When opening renewed Status tab, you can see updates from people in your WhatsApp address book. And like on rival platforms (Instagram, Snapchat), status updates expire after 24 hours.

“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. Yes, even your status updates are end-to-end encrypted,” co-founder Jan Koum wrote in a statement. “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.”