Feature testing; Whatsapp working on Voice and disappearing messages

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, is reportedly upgrading the existing voice messages function on its platform with a global voice message player that would allow users to listen to a voice message when looking at another inbox chat.

Global voice message player

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According to reports, the updated global voice message player will allow users to listen to voice messages they receive in a chat even after leaving it. Users’ voice messages will be pinned to the top of the app’s home screen, allowing users to listen to the message while sending messages to other contacts. At this stage, the update is being developed for beta testers on iOS. 

The global voice message feature is said to be always visible even when a user moves from the chats screen and looks at any other sections of the app. It could be useful if users want to pause or dismiss a voice message.

WhatsApp has recently improved its voice message functionality by adding playback speed toggles and consecutive voice messages to its platform. It is also testing tools like transcription and a seek option to improve voice message experiences. 

Disappearing messages feature

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WhatsApp is also rolling out an updated Disappearing Messages feature that allows users to choose between ephemeral duration of 24 hours, seven days, and 90 days. 

WhatsApp is also said to have a Default Message Timer option available under the Privacy settings of the app. It allows users to select a particular ephemeral duration that would apply to all new messages.

Initially, WhatsApp is testing an updated Disappearing Messages feature with some beta testers using the latest WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business apps for iOS. It may soon reach beta testing users on Android as well.

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