Voice Notes Update Comes to WhatsApp
WhatsApp is working on several new features for its mobile and desktop apps.
The latest additions were reported by WABetaInfo, which regularly unveils features available in beta versions of messaging platform applications or those still in development.
For users of the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS, two changes were rolled out last week.
The first is the ability to pause and resume voice recordings, a feature that was previously only under development.
This feature can be useful if you get interrupted when trying to record a voice note, or if you need to do something else but don’t want to start recording the voice note from the beginning.
The second change concerns the behavior of WhatsApp Business accounts on the platform.
For specific iOS beta users, these accounts will now be presented the same as person accounts if they don’t have them in their contact list.
When users receive a message from an unknown work account, two options appear on a bar at the bottom of the message flow: âBlockâ or âAdd to contactsâ.
On the beta of Android, WhatsApp made only a few minor changes.
There is a new video call shortcut in the status section of the app, allowing you to call a contact while you are viewing their status.
Additionally, a new default group icon that shows two people instead of the usual three.
WABetaInfo believes this change may be in anticipation of the rollout of new WhatsApp community groups.
This will allow group admins to create multiple dedicated channels as part of an overall group chat.
The new icon will probably help distinguish between the current group type and a Communities group.
Finally, WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is developing new apps for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and MacOS.
The UWP version of the app supports WhatsApp’s new multi-device feature, which means your phone doesn’t need to be connected to the internet while you’re using it.
WhatsApp will enable the new macOS app through MacOS Catalyst support for iPad apps in a future update.
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