WhatsApp is constantly updated with new features and functionality. The app’s beta version is now getting the ability to control the playback speed with audio messages. While users can already control playback speeds on WhatsApp voice notes, the feature now extends to audio messages as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with audio messages, it’s nothing but a voice note that has been forwarded a few times. As strange as it may sound, the ability to control playback speed was only available for voice notes before this update.
WABetaInfo notes (via) that WhatsApp will bring a playback speed button for audio messages in an upcoming update. The feature is currently available on WhatsApp beta for iOS, though it should inevitably make its way to WhatsApp beta on Android as well.
The feature would save the trouble of listening to the entire audio message at its regular speed. Since scrolling through quickly doesn’t work for audio messages, increasing the audio playback speed is an excellent remedy.
On the other hand, this feature can also slow down the speed of audio messages. Although the arrival of this feature on beta is promising news, there’s no word on when it could reach the stable version of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is also testing the ability to hide ‘Last Seen’ status from individual contacts
Being one of the most popular instant messaging apps, WhatsApp is reportedly bringing a significant overhaul to its app. This could include a new feature to supplement Groups. Internally known as Community, this feature would encourage increased interaction with the app. Another report suggests that this upcoming WhatsApp feature would be similar to Discord’s channels and communities.
While this is a relatively major feature for WhatsApp, the app is also developing minor tweaks. This includes the ability to selectively hide the “Last Seen” status from some contacts.
In its current form, WhatsApp allows hiding the “Last Seen” status from either all contacts, everybody, or nobody. So this could be a crucial privacy feature for the app. This feature made its way to WhatsApp beta version 184.108.40.206, and it could begin rolling out to all users over the coming weeks.
WhatsApp is also working on a message reaction notifications feature, which has been under development for a few months now.