The recent WhatsApp ‘Status’ update, where WhatsApp replaced text-based status by a clone of Snapchat Stories, where the feature let users share photos, GIFS and videos overlaid with colourful drawings and emojis, and they would disappear after 24 hours.
The About Status feature in whatsapp used to allow users to set a text Status that other people can view either opening a contact entry or starting a chat thread. This feature was removed when Facebook announced that it would be adding its “stories” feature to the app.
The feature was first introduced with Instagram Stories and then brought to Facebook Messenger and main Facebook app, Instagram Stories became successful with over 150 million users but Facebook seems to have failed to replicate the success on other platforms.
The move received backlash from users who showed their apathy through app store reviews, the high rated whatsapp also received one and two-star reviews due to the update. In an attempt to placate its users, the Facebook-owned company announced that it will be bringing back the text-based status feature,
In a statement to TechCrunch,
“We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info. At the same time, we’re continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day”
WhatsApp bring back text status
This U-turn of whatsapp update came just a day after security researchers at Check Point uncovered security flaw in whatsapp that could allow hackers to hijack accounts through the use of malware-laced images.
WhatsApp users will once again be able to set a text status in the ‘About’ section of the app. The Contacts tab will not be making a reappearance, however, and users can only view others’ text statuses by opening their contact.
WhatsApp’s latest Android beta version 2.17.95 released last week has old features where users can access the new About feature through Settings —> Profile, which will then show in the chat window just as it did before and It is expected to be made available for all Android devices in the coming week, and a rollout for iOS devices will follow shortly.