WhatsApp discovered while testing the ability to upload media as a status update when sharing via chat

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It was discovered that WhatsApp is working on a way to allow users to upload a photo or video as a status update when they send the media content to a recipient in a chat. The change could be an extension of the option to edit recipients of media content before it is sent in chats – the update that appeared to be in testing earlier this month. WhatsApp is said to be working on the update for both Android and iOS devices. However, there is no specific timetable for when the changes will be available to end users.

As reported by WhatsApp function tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp seems to allow users to choose different recipients, including the status when they send a photo or video in a chat. This would allow users to easily create new status updates of the media content that they individually share with their contacts.

WABetaInfo shared a screenshot of the WhatsApp for Android beta to indicate that the change is in the works. It is also mentioned that the same update will also be added to a future update of WhatsApp for iOS Beta.

WhatsApp is said to have proposed the update via a beta version for Android devices
Photo credit: WABetaInfo

Earlier this month, WhatsApp released beta version 2.21.24.11 of its Android app, which suggested the ability to edit recipients of status updates before uploading a photo or video. This would help users limit the visibility of their status to specific contacts.

WhatsApp was also recently discovered while working on the ability to edit recipients before sharing media in a chat, so that users can select or remove specific people from the list of contacts who will receive the selected photo or video. WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.21.25.19 reportedly contained references to this update, although the changes were not made available to beta testers.

In addition to making it easier to edit recipients for media content, WhatsApp was seen working on a new camera interface last week, with the Flash shortcut moved from the lower left corner to the upper right of the screen. The interface would also include access to recent photos instead of the flash link.

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Jagmeet Singh writes on Consumer Technology for Gadgets 360 in New Delhi. Jagmeet is Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360 and has written extensively on apps, computer security, internet services and telecommunications developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @ JagmeetS13 or by email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send your hints and tips. More Battlegrounds Mobile India is implementing a permanent device ban policy to deter fraudsters

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