Instant messaging application WhatsApp has made a radical update to its app. WhatsApp new Status feature rolled out to its users on Monday.

This Status feature will allow its users to share moments with friends and family throughout their day via photos, videos, and Gifs.

WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum announced that the company reinvented the Status feature which unexpectedly coincides with the app’s 8th birthday which is on February 24th. The new WhatsApp Status updated will be an end to end encrypted too.

Watch the video of the launch of WhatsApp new feature:

This will be something similar to the way people scroll through their Facebook or Instagram newsfeeds. The shared photos, videos and Gif’s will be visible to selected friends for 24 hours before getting disappeared.

Facebook which owned WhatsApp, now represents a bigger shift for WhatsApp than it did for Instagram. Users can watch updates from friends and reply them privately. They can also shoot their imagery with drawings and captions and can send them to the selected contacts they have chosen with persistent privacy settings.

The idea behind this change is to just build an application that lets your friends and other contacts know what you are up to.

Coming to the analytics, WhatsApp has nearly 1.2 billion active users, and users almost send 60 billion messages per day including 3.3 billion photos, 760 million videos, and 80 million Gifs.

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