This is not a new feature for creating statuses, but it will make it easier to know when a message corresponds to a status response.
New WhatsApp option for status updates
We have already known different options that WhatsApp is preparing for status updates. For example, a new dynamic that will allow you to know what is behind a shared URL in a state.
But it is not the only option for the states that is pending. As mentioned on WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp team is working on a new indicator for status updates. A dynamic that will be available for the WhatsApp app for iOS and Android as well as for the desktop version.
This proposal is different from another option, which is also under development, which allows knowing when a contact updates the status from the chat list. The new feature proposes an indicator that helps you identify if the chat you received corresponds to a status response.
When that happens, WhatsApp will display a different icon. In addition to seeing the number of messages that we have pending in a certain chat, it will show us a circular icon identifying that it is a status response.
Although it is a minor update that does not change the dynamics of the app, it can make it easier for you to know what is a quick reaction that reaches you in chat, without having to open it. At the moment, this new dynamic is under development, so it remains to be seen if they decide to implement it in the future in some of the WhatsApp beta functions.
And this is not the only feature in development. A new initiative has also been added that will make it easier to see who reacted to a photo from the automatic albums that WhatsApp creates. With the new dynamics, we will no longer have to open each photograph to know this information, since each reaction will have an image thumbnail.