WhatsApp is now allow voice notes(Opens in a new tab) to post as statuses, which means up to 30 seconds of recordings for one person’s contacts to hear. These voice notes will disappear after 24 hours and are the latest that can be shared via the status feature.
Statuses were first introduced by WhatsApp in 2017; so far, photos, videos, GIFs and texts have been included as possibilities. The new voice feature is added as voice messages have become a more popular feature on the app. In March of last year, the company said that 7 billions(Opens in a new tab) voice messages were sent daily.
On top of that, WhatsApp relies on statuses by allowing status reactions, just like the company launched message reactions last year. There will also be the option to choose your audience for statuses, so not all contacts are aware of these posts. The audience selection can be saved and used for all subsequent statuses.
It’s unclear how many people actually use statuses to communicate with friends, but the company is clearly working to encourage this feature.