In the latest update to WhatsApp beta version 2.16.342, we found a new file called status_reply.xml, which makes us believe that WhatsApp is contemplating adding an option, allowing you to directly reply to status of your contact on WhatsApp. Download WhatsApp APK 2.16.342 beta here.
Moreover, looking at its code, which uses conversation entry layout, it seems that using this option will get you into conversation screen, which should be your new or existing chat window with that contact. Maybe, WhatsApp will quote the contact’s status too with your message, to make it clear that your message (yay or nay!) is about the contact’s status.
And for what it’s worth, the status replay activity gets its place in Android Manifest file of the app too, which is where everything is managed within the app.
Here’s the full code of the file.
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<FrameLayout android:id=”@id/main” android:clipChildren=”false” android:layout_width=”fill_parent” android:layout_height=”fill_parent”
<FrameLayout android:id=”@id/voice_recorder_decor” android:visibility=”gone” android:layout_width=”fill_parent” android:layout_height=”fill_parent” />
<FrameLayout android:layout_gravity=”bottom” android:id=”@id/conversation_entry_holder” android:clipChildren=”false” android:layout_width=”fill_parent” android:layout_height=”wrap_content”>
<include layout=”@layout/conversation_entry” />
Hope this feature comes to DP too, because checking out DP is pretty much a favorite pass-time for many users, and that it’s coming to status is a welcome addition too.