WhatsApp is taking after its parent company Facebook in turning into a social networking zone as reported. Jan-Koum, CEO, and co-founder of WhatsApp founded new functionality which let you mute and unmute status notifications for specific users and allows you to reply to status messages.

This latest WhatsApp feature seems to be borrowed from Snapchat Stories. The WhatsApp status message will let you reply to your contacts status messages.

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Screenshots of Whatsapp beta for Windows Phone 2.17.40+ with the button to mute/unmute status alerts are shared in WABetaInfo. The statuses of the contacts won’t show up in your status section once you muted. Whenever they change their WhatsApp statuses, you won’t get the notifications form these users. You can reverse your decision when you feel like it, and can even go to the mute list to scan those unwanted statuses.

The current feature is little familiar with Snapchat Stories like, you’ll be able to reply to WhatsApp statuses and have a conversation. WhatsApp beta for Android 2.17.46 version supports the mute ability. Nonetheless, there are lots of improvements coming for WhatsApp Status feature, mostly the push notification and the ability to delete the status in 24 hours.

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WhatsApp statuses have also seen on many versions of Android and iOS. The Android app is tipped to get a separate tab for statuses, and joining the existing chats, calls and contacts tab.


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