Last week, WhatsApp rolled out an update to Android beta that brings back the old text message status feature. Now, the Facebook owned messaging app has announced that it will officially launch this feature next week to all Android users and will soon come to iPhone users.
WhatsApp said in statement to TechCrunch,
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.
It must be noted that although the old status message feature will be back, the Snapchat-like WhatsApp status feature is still there and users will have an option to choose from.