If you look at your Chats list on WhatsApp, you can see how Status updates are shown there. People who use the instant messaging app will soon be able to check the statuses of their friends and family quickly. In addition, WhatsApp has been seen working on a feature that would let people make group polls on the desktop. It would allow people in the group to vote for a particular option and see how many votes that option got.
In a report from WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, users can now see their Status updates when they see them in their Chats list or when they search for a contact in the app. Facebook parent Meta owns the app. Source says that status updates will show up when the user taps the picture of their friend. This sounds like how you can now look at the Instagram Stories of the people you follow on Meta’s Instagram.
WhatsApp has had the Status feature in place since February 2017 so that users can have an Instagram Stories-like interactive experience with the app. Since its arrival, the feature has been available on the Status tab of the app. It can be found there. On the other hand, WhatsApp seems to be extending the reach of the feature. It allows users to show off their status updates more by putting them in the Chats list.
In this screenshot, WABetaInfo shows us how Status updates would show up in the Chats list to see how they would look. In a future version of WhatsApp Desktop, it has been taken, but the same feature is said to be available to people who use the app on Android and iOS. Beta versions of WhatsApp for phones are also likely to come out soon.
WhatsApp’s “Status” feature was also recently seen getting a lot of attention because it lets users express their opinions about their friends’ status updates with eight different emojis.
WaBetaInfo says that WhatsApp has released its new Desktop beta (version 2.2216.2), including references to group polls. This means that users will be able to see status updates from their Chats list. This way, everyone in the group would be able to pick an answer and see how many votes it had. However, most people won’t be able to see who voted for a specific choice.
Group polls were being tested on iOS in March. It was also shown on some screenshots last month.
WhatsApp hasn’t said when it will make its group polls feature available to the public, so we don’t know when. It may be a while before the new feature is open to every one according to its history. First, it would like to test it out with beta testers.
WhatsApp for Android beta 126.96.36.199 also makes mention of a new footer that will show that personal messages on the app are encrypted end-to-end, WABetaInfo says. WhatsApp for Android beta 188.8.131.52, released in March, had the same footnote at the bottom of the call history section. It told users that calls on the app are end-to-end encrypted.