WhatsApp announces ‘set’ of new features for users

A picture of a mobile screen showing the WhatsApp Status feature in this undated photo. — Reuters/File
A picture of a mobile screen showing the WhatsApp Status feature in this undated photo. — Reuters/File

Meta-owned WhatsApp has been introducing newer features and making the application’s usage easy and smooth for its users. The new updates highlight that the app is committed to improving the user experience.

The instant messaging app has announced a set of new features for status updates for both Android and iOS devices in the coming weeks, WaBetaInfo reported Tuesday.


WhatsApp published a blog post to introduce new features for status updates. Some of the features, however, are not new but they are on the list of recentimprovements for status updates.

Just like all the other features, the messaging app has made sure that these features are also secured with end-to-endencryption. This is to ensure the privacy of users, allowing them to share the updatesprivately and securely with the people of their choice.

The picture shows newly released WhatsApp features on mobile phones. — WaBetaInfo

Private audience selector

With this feature, users will be allowed to choose who they can share their status updates with. It adds a customised experience to the messaging app as users have the authority to show their status updates to a selected number of people.

Voice status

This feature has allowed users to share voice notes, of up to 30 seconds, on status. It was announced under theWhatsApp beta for Android update and WhatsApp beta for iOS version from TestFlight.

Status reactions

This feature allows users to react to a status just like message reactions. They can react with a heart-eye emoji, tears of joy emoji, open mouth emoji, emoji, folded hands, clapping hands, party popper, and 100 points.

Status profile rings for new updates

Through this feature, users can see if there is an update for statusright within the chat list. This feature was introduced to more people via the WhatsApp beta for the Android update.

Link previews on status

This feature allows users to sharelink previews when they share a link as astatus update.

The WaBetaInfo said that these features are available on the Android, iOS and desktop versions of the app.


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