The well-known instant messaging service WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, has added Status Updates as a new feature to its online platform. Users may post images and videos as updates with this functionality, much like they do with Stories on other platforms.
After sharing, their display photo has a green ring around it that viewers may tap to see the update. It's being tested on a few people right now. You may be able to try it if you're running a certain beta version of it.
Testing with beta users
WABetainfo reported this week that WhatsApp is currently testing the online feature with beta users. This change is important for those who use WhatsApp for multitasking on their desktop.
Using the Feature
The Update Status feature is available for WhatsApp Web Beta 2.2353.59 users. It is located in the upper left corner of the WhatsApp web interface, between the Community and Channels tabs.
Access WhatsApp status online
The functionality of WhatsApp Status Online is versatile. Users can click the + icon in the Status tab or tap the same icon next to their profile picture in the app.
Status updates variety
WhatsApp users can share status updates in various formats, including photos, videos, and texts. Many credit this extension with the success of Stories, which led to the introduction of similar Meta features on platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp. Despite being in beta, this hints at a possible future launch.
Additional test functions
The Meta-owned platform is also testing a feature that allows users to share music during video calls. This addition aims to improve the user experience by enabling shared music enjoyment during virtual chats, similar to Apple's SharePlay feature in FaceTime calls.
Additionally, WhatsApp has included a new chat filtering function to let users arrange their discussions as per their preferences. The messaging software now has a feature that lets users group their messages using certain criteria, according to WABetaInfo. This feature is currently being tested and is accessible to a select set of beta testers. It is expected to be made available to all users soon.