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Update to WhatsApp Status allows users to share pictures and video

Update to WhatsApp Status allows users to share pictures and video

Disappearing status updates are the latest feature to be added to one of the world's most-used chat apps, known for being very simple in the features department. Called Status, the feature is described to function just like Instagram and Snapchat's Stories.

Last September, we saw a Snapchat-like beta feature in WhatsApp's Android app that let you share photos, videos and GIFs as your "Status". It's nearly like they ripped it straight out of Instagram and put it into WhatsApp, which isn't a bad thing, considering they are both owned by Facebook, it's actually fairly smart as it saves them plenty of R&D time and money. Unlike Instagram's prominent placement of Stories, however, WhatsApp Statuses will live in a separate tab within the app.

While Snap Inc. focuses its efforts on getting its Spectacles glasses out into the world, its competitors are starting to latch onto Snapchat's signature features.

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On the official WhatsApp blog, CEO and co-founder Jan Koum wrote that they are rolling out an update that reinvents the Status feature of the cross-platform instant messaging application. You can reply to friends' updates directly from the post. With its 1 Billion+ users, WhatsApp is a much more formidable opponent than even Instagram. Using WhatsApp Camera, which debuted in October, you can take a photo or video in the app and gussy it up with emoji, text, or illustrations. WhatsApp has had a great ride these past 8 years and they are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The company says its users spend more than 50 billion messages each day, including 3.3 billion photos, 760 million videos and 80 million GIFs - the animated images that make many popular internet memes.

"Videos are a hard format to deal with when you've got such a diverse user base", Sarafa said. And a large part of their success is actually due to the fact that they have their app available on multiple platforms.


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