WhatsApp’s status message option is set for a major revamp soon as hints are being dropped from the apps beta version across various platforms. Now the beta version for the Windows phone shows significant changes and improvements in the functionality of the status section.
A new leak has surfaced that shows that the user might be able to mute and unmute status notifications for specified contacts and also be able to view the list of muted users. The new status message feature of the Facebook-owned company Whatsapp will let you reply to a person’s status message, a feature that seems to be borrowed from Snapchat.
WhatsApp Status Alerts and Mute Option
WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp beta watcher, shared screenshots of WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone 2.17.40+ that had buttons to mute and unmute status alerts. A new Status section is expected to arrive, and once you have muted a contact, their status notifications won’t come up. You also won’t get push notification for these users, when they change their statuses.
This feature will also come with an unmute option that will let you change your decision whenever you want. You can just go to the mute list and unmute the contact you wish to.
Status Message Replies
The informer also states that we will be able to respond to status messages as well and have a conversation about it, just like on Snapchat Stories. This new feature is seen in WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone 2.17.44+ version. The mute features were seen on WhatsApp beta for Android 2.17.46 version as well.
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) February 4, 2017
The new Whatsapp Status feature has been seen on various Android and iOS beta versions as well. The new features are essentially to notify the users when their contacts change their statues. However, there are many improvements expected to come in the Status Message feature of Whatsapp, such as push notifications or the ability to change status within 24 hours. The WhatsApp Android version is expected to get a separate tab for statuses, joining the existing chats, calls, and contacts tab.