The New WhatsApp Update Receives Mixed Reviews


You don’t always want to tell a story! Sometimes you just want to put a phrases or emoji as your status, but with WhatsApp jumping on the status story bandwagon, it’s a little tedious.

The recent update from WhatsApp earned itself mixed reviews from the users, with not all of them being oaky with the Snapchat like approach.  Earlier WhatsApp garnered high ratings, but now the ratings seem to be hovering near the 1 or 2 –star reviews range. Many people have joked about the fact that Facebook is trying to make their acquisitions look the same. In addition, jokes about how WhatsApp stories is made for parents, whereas Snapchat and Instagram were created for teens and adults are doing rounds. Respectively. Snapchat was the first platform to introduce the story feature.

In the case of WhatsApp, the feature allows you to post images, gifs, handwritten notes, videos and photos, as a status, which will disappear within 24 hours. Many users are super happy about the development, whereas other consider it an unnecessary addition to a simple messaging app. Due to loud protests of the app, there have been rumours that the status feature may be rolled back to the old text only status format.

Many users just like stating that they were busy or not taking any calls, but now they have to do this exercise every morning to tell other users that they may not be accessible. Earlier, if you were travelling, you could easily inform people about your absence. However, this new feature has made this simple act a complicated one.

In android devices, the status feature is located between the ‘chats’ and ‘calls’ tabs which is located in the top section of the main screen. For iOS Users, the centre icon which housed the ‘Contacts’ tabs has now become the ‘Camera’ tab. Moreover, the disappearance of the contact tabs is little annoying because you can’t access the contact tab by specifically tapping for it.

The addition of the status feature has been a big deviation from the original positioning of the App. It was originally positioned as messaging app. A WhatsApp spokesperson stated that the updated status feature was done to make it more appealing.

There has been speculation that this feature may allow the app to show subtle messages or communicate with its advertisers. WhatsApp is a free service and doesn’t earn a revenue, but with the acquisition made by Facebook in February 2014 there has been speculation of the company adding a business angle to it.

Unfortunately, what the old and new status feature have in common is the name and nothing more. Also, WhatsApp could have easily retained the old status feature and added this as an additional feature.  We will have to wait and see how this new roll-out works.

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by techtalks @TechTalks May 16, 2017 11:33 AM UTC


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Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

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Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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