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Ghana: WhatsApp Could Soon Let You Set a Voice Message As Your Status


Do more with your status

WhatsApp is well known for the pace of its updates – users were recently given emoji reactions to play around with, for example – and it looks as though another significant change is in the offing.

As spotted by the fine folks at WABetaInfo , the latest beta version of the WhatsApp app for Android features code that suggests you’ll soon be able to post voice messages as your status for your contacts to listen to.

The feature hasn’t gone live yet, not even to beta testers – but a screenshot shared by WABetaInfo shows a microphone button alongside the text, photo and video options that currently exist for setting your status.

Current status

At the moment, you can send a voice note or an audio file inside a conversation in WhatsApp, but you can’t share them more widely to your contacts en masse. That would change once the new feature starts rolling out.

The WhatsApp status function has now evolved to become similar to the stories feature on Snapchat and Instagram: you post a line of text, an image or a short video, and it’s visible to the people you’re connected with for 24 hours. You can, if you wish, only show your status to a select number of your contacts.

Those time limits and privacy settings would presumably apply to voice status updates as well, though it remains to be seen exactly how they would be shown inside the app. Watch this space for an official announcement about the feature.