WhatsApp testing Facebook like status updates

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WhatsApp is testing a new feature that would allow users to share colourful status updates, just like on Facebook.

The feature has been spotted in the latest beta version of WhatsApp on Android and is being launched to encourage more users to share status updates, Android Police reported.

Despite only being available in beta the feature is tipped to be rolled to the full versions of WhatsApp on Android and iOS at some point in the near future.

Currently in the beta, people who wish to use the new feature need to go to the Status tab. After the have typed their status update they are given three options to change the font, add background colour and add an emoji.

Image: Android Police

The same feature was rolled out to Facebook in December last year and currently allows users to post text status updates on 10 different colour backgrounds.

The news comes after reports emerged last week that WhatsApp is testing a new feature that could allow people to use the instant messaging service to communicate with businesses.

The new feature would allow users to see if a business account has been verified by WhatsApp, CNBC reported, whose reporters had seen the feature in a beta version of the Android app.

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum revealed recently that the service has 1.3 billion monthly users, who share around 1 billion videos each day and send 55 billion messages.

Approximately 250 million people use the Status update feature in its current form.

Jonathan Fairfield
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