Meta-owned, WhatsApp has expanded the capabilities of its Channels feature, starting a wider rollout of the ability to share channel posts via status updates. This development follows the introduction of four additional channel-related features announced last month, some of which were tested in beta versions.
User-friendly access across platforms
Recent tests suggest that sharing channel updates as status is now available on Android and iOS versions of WhatsApp. Although this feature has been available for a few days, the official announcement was made on the channel's page two days ago. It's important to note that users have long been able to share channel posts in individual or group chats, but Android Police reports that this edit will focus on sharing in status updates.
WhatsApp's FAQ page guides users through the process of posting a channel update on their status page, applicable to Android, iOS and web/desktop apps. On Android, users can achieve this by long-pressing the desired post, tapping the right arrow at the top right of the screen, and navigating to the forward to screen where the status is prominently displayed along with frequently contacted people and recent chats.
WhatsApp Web integration and potential improvements
This new functionality allows users to share channel posts on their status page simultaneously with individual contacts or groups. While the FAQ page suggests that WhatsApp Web should include this feature, current observations suggest that it is not yet available. Currently, users can only share channel posts with groups or contacts on the stable version of WhatsApp Web, predicting potential changes.
The introduction of features such as channels is key to WhatsApp's evolution as WhatsApp tries to compete with rival messaging applications. Since its acquisition of Meta/Facebook in 2014, WhatsApp has seen significant growth, defying early predictions of its demise. While alternative services like Telegram launched features like channels in September 2015, WhatsApp continues to adapt and improve its functionality in response to evolving user preferences and technological advances.
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