WhatsApp copies Snapchat with the new status feature

Over the years, WhatsApp has greatly transformed to become a very popular, and widely used messaging application. On February 24th, 2017, the company will mark their 8 years of existence. As part of celebrations, WhatsApp has announced a new status feature. This will allow users share pictures  or video in the status section.

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This update will expire after 24 hours, and is also said to be encrypted end-t0-end. Meanwhile, you can sense that new status feature is much similar to the famous “Stories” by  Snapchat. Facebook has also started testings, a “Stories” section of their mobile app. In a blog post, Jan Koum, co founder of WhatsApp made the announcement:

We are excited to announce that, coinciding with WhatsApp’s 8th birthday on February 24, we are reinventing the status feature. 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.

The new feature will be start appearing in software updates starting from today. What do you think of this new WhatsApp feature? Is it something you will use?

Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

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