WhatsApp and other messaging apps can benefit from this iMessage feature

Apple added an important feature to iMessage (which is exclusive to iPhones and iPads) with iOS 15. This feature notifies iMessage users if Do Not Disturb (DND) or one of the Focus mode is activated on the recipient’s device. However, the Meta-owned instant messaging platform has not officially confirmed that it is working on such a feature, but WhatsApp recently presented a similar concept. According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp may be considering adding a similar feature to its messaging platform. The report also revealed some concept images to give an idea of ​​how this feature works on WhatsApp.
How will this feature work on WhatsApp
Concept images reveal that the bottom part of a chat window in WhatsApp will indicate whether Focus Mode is enabled on the recipient’s device or notifications are disabled on the other end. The photos also reveal that the company could offer this option in the app settings and could also include a separate switch allowing users to enable or disable access to focus modes. The company should include the feature in notification settings, however, the option if added to privacy settings would be more appropriate, reports TechRadar.
Apple Focus Modes and Notification Digest Features
Apple introduced Focus Mode and Notification Digest features with iOS 15. These features allow users to create their profiles, outside of normal DND mode. It can act as multiple profiles or second screens for Apple devices where users can select which apps can send notifications, which calls should be tracked, and iMessage’s ability to notify incoming texts.
WhatsApp Status characteristic
WhatsApp also offers a status feature which is found in profile information and works on both Android and iOS. These statuses are not visible in the chat window and users, who do not know the recipient’s status, drop their messages without checking. The report mentions that WhatsApp can use an API to identify status changes and can make them visible in the chat window.
Third-party apps integrating the feature
Other third-party messaging apps such as Telegram and facebook messenger also help users connect with friends and family. So, those platforms adopting the feature will also improve the user experience. However, the possibility of this feature coming to other apps is very slim as Apple is expected to keep it exclusive to iMessage. The report also suggests that if this feature proves to be one of the ways to keep users loyal to its ecosystem, the Cupertino-based tech giant may never share this feature with other companies.
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