|Up to date WhatsApp Statuses allow you to share images and movies that disappear|
WhatsApp rolled out two-step verification final week, and now it is updating an present characteristic to compete with Snapchat. The Fb-owned messaging app announced immediately it is updating Statuses, which helps you to inform associates the place you’re or what you are as much as in the meanwhile. New Statuses can embrace images, movies, and gifs to make shared posts extra enjoyable and private. These adorned or animated statuses disappear after 24 hours, making them akin to Snapchat Tales and story-sharing on Instagram (which can also be owned by Fb).
The Standing replace coincides with WhatsApp’s eighth birthday (February 24), and the brand new characteristic will roll out to Android, iOS, and Home windows customers from now till that date. When WhatsApp first got here out, the Standing characteristic was its solely characteristic, because the app was constructed to let family and friends know what you had been doing or the place you had been. As soon as messaging was added, Standing remained a text-only characteristic that you could possibly replace on a whim.
Now you possibly can select so as to add images, movies, and animated gifs and scribble over them so as to add extra character to your statuses. Any replace you make to your Standing will stay in your account for 24 hours earlier than it disappears. Should you replace it a number of instances a day, that can create a string of standing updates which can be introduced very like Snapchat and Instagram Tales. Mates can watch your standing story and reply to you privately, however all one-to-one communication nonetheless must be accomplished inside personal messaging home windows. Like each different correspondence in WhatsApp, all standing updates are end-to-end encrypted.
WhatsApp messages allow you to ship images, movies, and, most lately, gifs in particular person conversations, however that is the largest push we have seen from the corporate to embrace visible communication. As a Fb-owned app, it is probably WhatsApp’s mother or father firm is attempting to make as a lot competitors for Snapchat as potential. WhatsApp solely now helps visible tales, however Instagram has had its Tales characteristic for a while. In response to a report from The New York Instances, greater than 150 million individuals use Instagram Tales every single day, and that is sufficient to make Snapchat a bit nervous about its future. So as to add extra concern for Snapchat, WhatsApp has 1.2 billion month-to-month customers, and plenty of of them reside exterior the USA. It is potential that WhatsApp might change into the visible storytelling app of alternative in areas of the world the place Snapchat hasn’t taken off.