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WhatsApp for Android may soon let you play voice messages in the background

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WhatsApp is testing a global voice message feature on Android that will allow users to continue listening to voice messages even when they switch from one chat to another. The instant messaging app currently stops playing voice messages when a user leaves a chat in which that particular message is available. It looks like the update allows voice message playback in the background. For the past few months, WhatsApp has been enhancing the voice messaging experience to persuade its users to exchange more voice messages on the platform.

According to a report by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, for Android beta version 2.22.3. However, this feature is not yet made available to beta testers.

WABetaInfo has shared a screenshot to suggest the feature. It features an audio player interface with the ability to pause, resume, and dismiss a voice message that appears at the top of the chat list. There is also a progress bar to show the speed of the audio.

WhatsApp for Android appears to have got a new voice messaging experience in testing
photo credit: WABetaInfo

The feature appears to let users continue listening to voice messages when they visit the default chat screen. With Android, iOS users get the same experience as WABetaInfo suggested by its presence on Apple’s platform in October last year.

The exact information about when WhatsApp will bring better voice messaging is not yet revealed. It is also not clear when this feature will be available for beta testers on both Android and iOS platforms.

Last month, WhatsApp introduced the voice message preview feature so that users can review recordings before sending them to their contacts. It also recently brought waveforms for voice messages and enabled playback speed support for audio messages.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360 based out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, internet services and telecom development. Jagmeet is available on Twitter @JagmeetS13 or email at [email protected] Please send your leads and tips. more

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