The old text only status updates on WhatsApp is coming back, according to new report from Techcrunch. The latest beta of the Android app includes the feature and will roll out to the stable version in the next few weeks. iOS version will be getting it later.
If you recall, sometime last month, WhatsApp replaced the text only status updates that allowed users to inform others of their availability, with Snapchat-like video stories. This resulted in backlash from users as nor did anyone, ever, ask for a Stories feature to be implemented in WhatsApp but the previous text status messages was a regularly used feature of the app.
Responding to this, WhatsApp said,
We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info. At the same time, we’re continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day.
However, It’s unlikely WhatsApp will ever consider removing the stories feature from the app but at least the old Status messages are coming back.