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WhatsApp Introduces Instagram-Like Response Feature for Status Updates to Beta Users on iOS, Android

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If you’re an avid user of WhatsApp, you may have noticed some changes in the app recently. That’s because WhatsApp has released its latest update, bringing a host of new features and improvements to the popular messaging platform. Whether you use WhatsApp for staying in touch with friends and family, or for business purposes, this latest update has something for everyone. In this ultimate guide, we’ll take a closer look at what you need to know about WhatsApp’s latest update and how it can enhance your messaging experience.

WhatsApp’s Consistent Commitment to Enhancement

Initially, WhatsApp was a straightforward messaging platform, but under Meta’s ownership, it has expanded with numerous features, inching towards a hybrid social media, payment app, and business hub. Its status updates and channel features increasingly mirror those of Meta’s other platforms. Now, WhatsApp is allegedly introducing another feature borrowed from Instagram Stories – a reply bar for status updates, accessible to both Android and iOS users.

WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp feature tracker, reports that a reply bar for status updates is now available to beta testers on Android and iOS. This reply bar, appearing at the base of status updates like its Instagram Stories counterpart, simplifies status responses. At present, users can respond to statuses by swiping up and typing a message or using emojis. However, the introduction of this new feature allows for direct typing of responses to status updates.

WhatsApp beta for iOS and Android

According to rumors, a select group of beta testers is getting access to this feature via the iOS WhatsApp beta version 23.15.10.72, which can be found in the TestFlight app, and the Android WhatsApp beta version 2.23.26.3, which can be found in the Google Play Store. Soon, a broader user release is anticipated.

 

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