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WhatsApp Business Gets Option to Show Status Update Through Profile Picture



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After publishing the new WhatsApp beta for Android update, which brings a new undo status update feature, WhatsApp is ready to enable another way to view status updates from Business accounts!

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that will allow users to show their contact’s status update just by clicking on their profile picture. It is pertinent to note that at present WhatsApp provides a separate tab under which status updates of all the contacts are listed in a series.

As per media reports, the Facebook-owned application is now trying to facilitate status viewing by simply clicking on the contacts’ profile picture. Users will, apart from viewing the profile picture of the contact concerned, will also have the option to view their status directly from the same icon.

As you can see in this screenshot, it’s possible to view status updates by visiting the Business Info page. If there is a new status update from the business (like in the screenshot), you can view it directly here by tapping the profile picture: in this case, you can choose between “view profile photo” and “view status”. WhatsApp is not replacing the old way to view status updates from Business accounts: you can still see those status updates from the Status tab.

Redesigned WhatsApp Business profile section

According to a report by noted feature leaker WABetaInfo, the encrypted messenger service is testing a new interface that is showing up for users on the latest beta version of WhatsApp. The profile picture on a Business page is now circular, which instantly sets it apart from regular accounts that are still square. Under the new profile picture, the name of the business is in the center, along with the About information option that may have been set by the business.

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New WhatsApp profile shortcuts

Under the redesigned profile area, are three large circular shortcuts. These are Message, Call, and Forward – while the first two are quite self-explanatory and deal with direct interactions with the Business account, the third feature could allow WhatsApp users to forward details of a Business to another user. However, according to the report, a Catalog shortcut should also be visible if the Business account has set up one. Similarly, another shortcut should provide WhatsApp users access to Facebook Shops, if the account supports this feature.

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