WASHINGTON – After facing a backlash from users, WhatsApp has decided to bring back the text statuses that had been part of the app since its beginning.
According to a report from TechCrunch, the change has already available in the beta version of WhatsApp. It will be added to the Android app next week and will come soon to iPhone.
The About Status feature allows users to set a text Status that other people can view either opening a contact entry or start a chat thread. This feature was removed when Facebook announced that it would be adding its “stories” feature to the app.
In a statement to TechCrunch, WhatsApp explains:
“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.”