WhatsApp, the popular messaging platform under the Meta umbrella, is set to introduce a new feature that will enhance user connectivity and engagement. According to insights from feature tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is rolling out support for sharing status updates from linked devices, opening up new possibilities for user interaction.
Web Version and Companion Devices Integration
Soon, users will be able to post status updates not only from their primary smartphones but also from linked devices such as the web version or companion devices. This feature is particularly beneficial for those who utilize companion mode on WhatsApp, enabling access to chats on up to four additional devices, even when the primary smartphone is offline.
Beta testers, who have signed up for WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp for Android beta versions, can already explore this functionality on their secondary devices. Companion mode expands the capabilities of linked devices, providing users with more flexibility in managing their chats.
How to Share Status Updates
In the WhatsApp Web beta 2.2353.59 update, a new feature has been identified that allows users to post status updates directly from the web client. Users can click on the green icon next to their profile photo in the Status section, enabling them to share photos, videos, or text updates.
The same capability is extended to companion devices for users who have updated to WhatsApp beta for Android version 22.214.171.124. This update empowers users to add status updates directly from their companion devices, enriching their experience beyond simple chat interactions.
Testing and Future Expansion
The Seven Sense Tech Team successfully tested the ability to share status updates from a companion device on WhatsApp for Android after updating to the latest beta version. While there is no official timeline for the feature’s widespread release, it is anticipated to make its way to iOS companion devices in the near future.
WhatsApp has been exploring various enhancements for linked devices, including testing a companion device specifically designed for iPad users. Beta testers, enrolled in the TestFlight program, can install WhatsApp on their iPads as part of this ongoing exploration.
Please note that both the Android and iOS beta programs for WhatsApp are currently full, and the service is not accepting additional sign-ups at this time. Stay tuned for further updates as WhatsApp continues to evolve its features and functionalities to enhance the user experience.