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WhatsApp Status is Facebook's latest rip-off of Snapchat Stories

Discussion in 'Mobile Apps & Developers News' started by Alexa, Nov 6, 2016.

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    Facebook has really taken the fact that it couldn’t acquire Snapchat to heart. So much so that it has constantly tried to emulate the service, first by releasing its own version (remember Slingshot?) and later adopting its most popular feature - Stories - in its Instagram and Facebook Messenger apps.

    Now, the latest Facebook owned app to get this feature is none other than the billion user strong WhatsApp. Called WhatsApp Status, this feature will work pretty much the same way it now works within Instagram.

    Named confusingly after another WhatsApp feature, Status will let you post images to your Status page. A new Status tab will appear within the app alongside Chats and Calls. Here you will be able to see your own Status and those of others who have share with you. You will be able to see choose who gets to see your Status and can also see who has seen your Status. Along with images, you will also be able to text status updates.

    This functionality is currently buried deep within the Android beta app, and needs a rooted device along with an Xposed module. The feature will eventually roll out to all users across platforms.