Monday, 7 August 2017

WhatsApp testing Facebook-style colored text status feature

Last year social networking giant Facebook added colored text statuses  feature on its Android app, that allowed users to set their status with a blend of colorful background, font and emoji. 

Now the same feature is being tested on WhatsApp in the beta version 2.17.291 for the Android platform. This new feature was first spotted by Android Police, and reports that the feature is a server-side test, so only a select users are seeing it now.

Users will now see a floating pen icon in the status tab at the bottom of the screen, right above the camera icon. Clicking on the pen icon, brings up the option to type a status, select font, add emoji and background color. When done, users have to hit the green arrow key to set the status, and your contacts will see the published status.

The Facebook-like color text status feature should roll out to all users soon.

WhatsApp recently announced that it has a total of 1.3 billion monthly active users, and over 250 million daily users on the Status feature. WhatsApp Status was introduced back in Feburary, and is a clone of Snapchat's Stories. 


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