WhatsApp’s New Status feature is Now Live for all: How To Use It?

WhatsApp rolled out a Snapchat-story like status message feature earlier this week and, with this, almost all the entities owned by Facebook have incorporated features inspired by the rival image messaging and multimedia mobile application.

WhatsApp has pushed it out as a OTA update. You won’t have to search for an update on App Store or Google Play Store, as the feature has gone live on the app itself. So first up, Status is no longer that boring text-based thing, which no one bothered to read or care about, although people in India are known to update Status regularly.

The new WhatsApp Status feature allows users to share pictures, videos, and GIFs with their contacts, which will disappear after 24 hours. The feature is an exact clone of Instagram Stories, which in turn emulated Snapchat's feature of the same name. Unlike the other two features though, the new WhatsApp Status will incorporate the same end-to-end encryption enjoyed by the app's traditional messages.

‘Status’ will receive its own tab, located between the ‘Calls’ and ‘Chats’ tabs, in the WhatsApp UI. Within it, users will be able to view their contacts' recent status updates and the replies they've received on their own status. Users also have the option to tweak their privacy settings to make their status visible only to specific people; and by deleting their status, users can remove it from their contacts' phones, regardless of whether they've already viewed it or not.

How it works:
First just go to the Status tab. Then just tap on that broken circle with the plus symbol on top, the one that’s similar to how you post Stories on Instagram. The camera will open, and you can just long press to shoot a video. You can send as video or edit it as a GIF. Or just take a photo like you normally do, and then just send on Status.

WhatsApp lets you control who can see your Status update as well. The Status Privacy option is in the settings. Just tap the three dots on top of WhatsApp homepage, and you’ll see Status Privacy option on top.  Once again, you can choose from the three options.

Just like Snapchat lets you see how many people have viewed your story, WhatsApp will let you do the same. Just tap the eye icon at the bottom of any Status update to view a list of contacts who have seen your update.

You can also reply to someone’s Status update. There is a reply button, so you can comment on any photo, video, or GIF. Once you tap reply, your message will be sent in a WhatsApp chat with a thumbnail of the Status update. It’s not clear if that message will also be deleted after 24 hours.

Below your own Status, you’ll see little round heads of your contacts with a blue circle around them. This blue circle  indicates they too have a ‘Status’ you can check out. You can keep tapping on these status updates to move from one contact to another.

Trust me there was no need of this feature. Atleast people use to express what they want in words. But now, its all gone. I thinks only 90's people will understand the importance of written status. Snapchat and Instagram is already having it, and they are doing well. Why WhatsApp? Why you want to copy this from them? Anyways, there is no Undo button for this. WhatsApp has already pushed it out as OTA. But now be careful what your status is, because you must be having your family in the contact list. :)


Vivo Y55s Launched at Rs. 12,490: Release Date, Specifications & More

Chinese handset manufacturer Vivo has unveiled its second smartphone this year, the Y55s, priced at Rs. 12,490. The new Vivo Y55s will be available in Crown Gold and Space Grey colours across the country from Sunday. The company says that the new Vivo Y55s is an upgraded version of the Vivo Y55L launched last year. The new Y55s comes with a more RAM and a bigger battery.

The Vivo Y55s features a 5.2-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS display and comes with a 2.5D curved edge screen. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Vivo Y55L, on the other hand, was powered by Snapdragon 430 processor and came with 2GB of RAM. It runs the company's Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Vivo will make life easy for the ilk with its latest Y55s–upgraded version of Y55L– by adding an additional slim card sort. Which means now you will get 3 SIM Slots.

One of the highlight features of the Vivo Y55s is its Smart Screen-Split feature which will allow users to multi-task as well as use two apps simultaneously.

The handset packs 16GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB). It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and also comes with a 5-megapixel front camera. The 4G-enabled Y55s is backed by a 2730mAh battery. The Vivo Y55L came with a smaller 2650mAh battery.


Instagram Rolls Out Multi-Photo Album Feature

We all must be using Instagram to share pics and videos. Previously, you were able to upload one pic at a time. Unlike other social apps or sites, you were not having any option of multiple photo upload. But, then some days back, there was a news that Instagram is working on post where you can upload multiple photos. It will be working like, photo album.

Several weeks ago, Instagram introduced a new feature to the beta version of its Android app that enabled uploading multiple photos in a single post. The change brought the photography-focused social network much closer to the way Facebook handles albums. Now, the company announced it is rolling out the feature for all users on iOS and Android over the coming weeks.
"Now, you can combine up to 10 photos and videos in one post and swipe through to see them all," Instagram said in a press statement. 
To match the user experience, Instagram has increased carousel ad units to 10 photos or videos with a new design.

Sharing several photos at once is as simple as tapping “select multiple” on the upload screen. Users can choose up to 10, re-order the set by long-pressing on individual photos and dragging and by using batch-apply filters. Albums are noted on profile pages with a stack icon and can be viewed carousel-style in the feed.

From their followers' perspective, they will see the album and can then slide through the various shots, liking photos as they go.


Sony Xperia X Gets a Limited Period Discount of Rs. 14,000; Now Available at Rs. 24,99

The Sony Xperia X, which was launched in May last year, is currently available under a limited period discount on Flipkart of Rs. 14,000 in India. This discount brings down the price of the smartphone to Rs. 24,990. The Sony Xperia X was initially announced at MWC 2016, before being launched alongside the Xperia XA in the country. The smartphone is currently listed with a discount on Flipkart.

Notably, Sony earlier cut the price of Xperia X by Rs. 10,000 from initial price of Rs. 48,990 to Rs. 38,990 just three months after its launch in September. Flipkart says the new Rs. 24,990 price for the Sony Xperia X Dual will be available till stocks last.

The Sony Xperia X features a 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Triluminos display for mobile powered X-Reality for mobile engine. The Xperia X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, it features a 23-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, predictive hybrid autofocus, and pulse LED flash. At front, the Sony Xperia X has a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture. The phone comes with 64GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB). Sony Xperia X houses a 2620mAh battery, measures 142.7x69.4x7.9mm and weighs 153 grams.

Interestingly, despite the price cut and the limited period discount, the Sony Xperia X smartphone is still priced higher than other phones with the Snapdragon 650 SoC, such as Redmi Note 3 Pro. It will be interesting to see if the Sony Xperia X price cut will be able to generate enough interest for the device for the consumers.

Source: NDTV


Motorola Announces Anniversary Sale on Flipkart on February 20 - 21

Moto has announced that it will be holding its Moto Days celebrations on Flipkart on February 20 and 21. As part of the celebrations, Moto will be providing offers on a number of devices on Flipkart. These offers will be available on the Moto Z series, Moto M, Moto Nexus, Moto G series, and the Moto E series. Moto will not be offering any special deals on the Moto X series of smartphones.

The company is giving a discount of up to Rs 2000 on the purchase of new models like Moto Z and Z Play and up to Rs 20,000 off on exchange for their old smartphones during the sale.  There's a flat discounts of up to Rs 1,000 on  devices like Moto G Turbo edition and Moto M. Moto is also giving a 10 per cent discount to the IndusInd Bank credit card users.

Moto’s third-anniversary offer is applicable on Moto Z, Moto Z Play, Moto G Turbo Edition, Moto M, Moto E Power, Moto E and Moto G (2nd Generation). IndusInd Bank credit card users can avail 10% instant discount.

The other devices will be available at discounted prices during the sale.


HTC U Ultra India launch set for February 21

HTC will launch its first U-series smartphone, aka the U Ultra, in India on February 21. The HTC U Ultra, which was launched along-side another smartphone called the U Play in January, is a high-end phone with high-end specs. The invite -- sent out to the media -- clearly mentions the U Ultra meaning the flagship phone will be one of the phones to be launched at HTC's press conference. Whether or not it will launch the U Play as well is something only time will tell.

The HTC U Ultra features a 5.7-inch QHD display with a smaller secondary display, similar to the one used on the LG V20. The device sports a metal and glass build and comes with an AI-powered assistant called HTC Sense Companion. The company claims that the assistant will learn user behavior and deliver prioritized notifications on the secondary display.

The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of RAM. At the back is a 12MP UltraPixel camera, like the one found on the HTC 10, while at the front is a 16MP camera. The device also comes with a new audio technology called U-Sonic. The company says that this technology allows the device to deliver true sound based on the user’s listening behavior.

The device is available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants and it isn’t yet known if HTC will launch one or both these variants in India. The launch price of the HTC U Ultra in the country is not yet known, but in the UK, prices for the device start at £649, which is roughly Rs. 54,100.