WhatsApp is bringing yet another feature for its users that will allow you to view your contacts’ status updates within the chat list. WhatsApp with its iOS beta version 220.127.116.11 shows status updates within the chat list. It should be noted that the feature is available only for some beta testers and will soon be released for everyone. It is supposed to be a similar feature available on Instagram for a long time.
Once the feature rolls out, users will be able to view people’s status by just clicking their profile icon in the chat list. This is similar to Instagram, where the profile icon is outlined if the user has an ongoing Story (Status in case of WhatsApp). Currently, users can only see a user’s Status by going to the specific Status section of the app.
Notably, the visibility of the Status feature in the chat list will not only act as a significant push for WhatsApp but also allow the app the chance to display advertisements as users view Status images and videos, just like Instagram Stories. There have been reports suggesting that WhatsApp will soon show ads on its platform and this could be the first step in that direction.
WhatsApp also recently got a new standalone app for Windows that does not require users to link their phones to use the instant messaging service. Previously, users on Windows had to download WhatsApp’s web-based desktop app or access the messaging service from their web browsers. The new app is native to Windows, which, as WhatsApp explains, should make the app faster and more responsive, the report said.