The Snapchatification of everything has resulted in backlash for WhatsApp, prompting it to revive its text Status option while keeping its image-based replacement.
The move shows how social apps must quickly react to feedback if they make a false step in modernizing to adapt to visual communication.
In mid-February, WhatsApp removed the feature that let you set an away message, and then gave the Status name to a Snapchat Stories clone.
But last week, text Statuses reappeared in the Android Beta version of WhatsApp in the About section of profiles.
Now, WhatsApp tells TechCrunch that About Status will roll out to all Android users over the next week and is coming soon to iPhone.
Users can open the About section of their profile to set a text Status, and view other people’s by opening their contact when starting a new chat thread or looking at group chat info.