Instant messaging platform WhatsApp has restored the video limit on Status to 30 seconds after limiting it to 15 seconds back in March. WhatsApp did this to reduce bandwidth consumption in India but the latest update of WhatsApp for Android restores the Status video limit to normal.
As many countries around the world are in partial or complete lockdown due to the spread of Coronavirus, WhatsApp has become one of the more feasible ways to keep in touch with friends and family. This leads to a lot of bandwidth consumption and WhatsApp decided to limit the duration of the video posted via status updates to 15 seconds to reduce it. Similarly, YouTube, Netflix and other streaming websites also put a restriction on their video quality to free up more bandwidth so that more users can use their services.
The restoration of WhatsApp status limit was first spotted by WABetaInfo in the latest WhatsApp for Android beta bearing the version number 2.20.166. The update will be rolled out gradually and Status videos having a duration of more than 15 seconds are allowed to be posted as a single story. WhatsApp Status is basically Instagram Stories for the platform. It replaced text-based status messages to let users upload photos and videos to share with friends. The content disappears automatically after 24 hours just like on Instagram.
The limit on WhatsApp Status updates was only implemented in India and WABetaInfo hints that an update might be pushed via server-side in order to be rolled out to all users across India.
Recently, WhatsApp beta for Android was spotted with an option to initiate video calls via Facebook Messenger Rooms. This allowed up to 50 participants on a single video call and was released on Facebook and Messenger earlier. Meanwhile, WhatsApp’s payment service continues to be under scrutiny, this time for allegedly violating India’s anti-trust laws and is being reviewed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).