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This year, WhatsApp has added a number of new features to its platform and further improved existing features. Whatsapp will soon introduce another new important feature its new update soon in the Google Play Beta program. Technology website WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is further improving playback speed, multi-device login, archives, and other key features for voice messages.
According to Gadgets360, WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new option that will allow users to view status updates of their contacts via their profile pictures. Currently, there is a separate tab inside the WhatsApp app where you can view status updates. The ability to view the status of a user is likely to be expanded to the chats section now, wherein users will be able to tap on the profile picture and get the option to view the contact’s status.
Tracker of WhatsApp features WABetaInfo reports that this new feature is under development. It was reportedly spotted in the code of the latest WhatsApp for Android beta version 22.214.171.124. When a user taps the profile picture of a contact, WhatsApp will present an option box asking if they want to view the status update or the profile picture. Users can choose the status update option to view the status of that specific user. This is very similar to what Twitter introduced with Twitter Fleets.
There is no clarity on when this feature will roll out for WhatsApp users. It is still under development and hasn’t been released for public beta testing yet. This means that even if users are on the latest beta, they will not be able to see this feature yet.