WhatsApp is testing a global voice messaging feature on Android that allows users to listen to voice messages even when switching from one chat to another. The instant messaging app currently stops playing a voice message when a user leaves the chat where that particular message is available. The update appears to allow voice messages to be played back in the background. Over the past few months, WhatsApp has been improving the voice messaging experience to convince its users to exchange more voice messages on the platform.
According to a report by the WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, the beta version of WhatsApp for Android 188.8.131.52 contains hints about the global voice messaging function. However, the function is not yet available to beta testers.
WABetaInfo shared a screenshot to suggest the feature. It shows an audio player interface with the ability to pause, resume and close the voice message that would appear at the top of the chat list. There is also a progress bar to show the movement of the audio.
The feature seems to allow users to continue listening to voice messages when they switch to the standard chat screen. Aside from Android, iOS users seem to be having the same experience that WABetaInfo suggested on the Apple platform last October.
Full details on when WhatsApp will provide the improved voice message are still to be announced. It’s also unclear when the beta testers feature will be available on both Android and iOS platforms.
Last month WhatsApp introduced a voice message preview feature that allows users to review recordings before they are sent to their contacts. It also recently introduced waveforms for voice messages and enabled playback speed support for audio messages.
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