With the rise of Snapchat and its Stories feature, from Instagram to Facebook, and now WhatsApp are trying to clone it. In the new WhatsApp’s Beta app on iOS and Android, there is a new ‘Status’ tab where the ‘Stories’ can be put and seen before it disappears 24 hours later. While WhatsApp allows its new video calling feature to the members of its beta testing program, the new ‘Stories’ feature is only available to a select few who operate on a jailbroken Apple device or a rooted Android smartphone. WABetaInfo, well known for its leaks on WhatsApp, wrote on Twitter that the new ‘Status’ feature in WhatsApp will be similar to Instagram Stories, which in turn is itself a copy of the Snapchat feature.
According to leaks and reports, the new feature will be very different from the earlier WhatsApp status, where users post a single line as a status. In the new ‘Status’ feature, users will be able to upload photographs like in Snapchat and Instagram. They will also be able to see who viewed the stories from their WhatsApp account, like in Snapchat. Similarly, users can also scribble, doodle, add text and many other things in the ‘Stories’ using pictures. The new feature will be available in a new tab in Android 2.16.226 version. Facebook already has been focussing on prioritising video content on its website, so for new features like this, sub-consciously will work for people too.
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Facebook has gone all out to kill Snapchat by copying it, as, after Instagram, it is expected that WhatsApp will unveil this new feature very soon. Even Facebook, for its own app, has been testing some camera features which will let you use live face filters, similar to Snapchat. Instagram is not far behind as people have accepted the new feature and with more than 300 million daily active users as compared to Snapchat’s half the number, it sure will pose a big threat to the latter. WhatsApp’s video calling feature will also be launched soon, as reportedly it has gone live on Android beta.