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Lately WhatsApp has debuted a new feature, not exactly a new feature, it has actually evolved status updates. Now your status updates won't be limited to its text based plain sentence or word or quote, you can now include pictures, videos, and GIFs in your status as well. (Cool, Isn't it?)
Like Snapchat stories, your Whatsapp status update cum story will also last for 24 hours.
Well according to the news this new version of status updates has already rolled out across Europe this week and will likely hit the rest of the world in coming weeks sooner. (CAN'TTT WAITTT!!)
Sharing statuses was once WhatsApp’s only function, but sooner it morphed into a texting app and quite promptly became the most popular in the world.
As with WhatsApp’s text conversations, status updates will be encrypted by default. Everybody in your contact list will be able to see your status updates, however you can select your viewers. 
This feature looks a lot like Instagram or Snapchat Stories. Just like Instagram stories WhatsApp will also show you the bar at the top of the screen, which shows how much time is left in the story. (Btw just so you know both Instagram and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook.)
WhatsApp product manager Randall Sarafa on answering the question whether WhatsApp consciously borrowed from Snap said, “I don’t think the format exists in just one app at this point. This is a model that others have contributed to and has been widely adopted, and we adopted it ourselves. It’s groundwork for the things we want people to be able to share.”  
Sarafa further added the timing of the update has nothing to do with Snap’s imminent IPO instead it coincides with WhatsApp’s eighth anniversary on Feb 24. Regarding to the update to the status feature, He said, is the culmination of three things WhatsApp has focused on in the past year. It retooled how the app handles video so that you can play a video right away in the app rather than downloading it, it overhauled the camera in the app to provide a more immediate experience, and it made it possible to send and share GIFs.
“These are things we’re seeing people do already,” Sarafa said. “So we don’t want them to have to jump out of our app to do them." (Now this is genius Mr Sarafa)
“A lot of our users, especially ones outside the US where there isn’t as much choice, who are spending much of their time in WhatsApp, will find this is a novel way to share media. It doesn’t mean they have to update their WhatsApp status and then do the same thing in another app.”
Sarafa said WhatsApp users send 3.3 billion photos per day, double what they did this time last year, and 760 million videos per day, triple last year’s amount. (OMG!!!) Since launching the ability to share GIFs in November, the app’s seen that type of sharing increase to 80 million GIFs per day. Overall, people on WhatsApp send 50 billion messages per day. (And this is how Whatsapp is rolling, You go Whatsapp!!)
“Videos are a hard format to deal with when you’ve got such a diverse user base,” Sarafa said. “They’re on all kinds of different phones and networks, and videos are inherently larger than photos. It’s a challenge, but it’s an especially rich format.”
And this is all about this interesting feature of Whatsapp. I just can't wait to use it!! What about you?! 

I'll be back with some other new and amazing tech news soon. Till then have a good time, keep reading, stay updated. (And keep using Whatsapp!!)


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