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WhatsApp rolls out new features for voice messaging

WhatsApp rolls out new features for voice messaging
31 Mar, 2022
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WhatsApp has rolled out new features for voice messaging that include listening the drafted message before sending it. The features, the company claims, will enhance users' experience as well as will save time as the audio messages can be played two times faster then earlier.

Currently, over seven million voice messages are sent on WhatsApp everyday, the company claims, adding that this inspired it to introduce this new feature. 

According to an official blogpost the new features include:

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• Out of Chat Playback:  This feature enables a user to listen to the voice message outside of the chat which enables him or her to multitask by reading and responding to other messages.

• Pause/Resume Recording:  When recording a voice message, users will now be able to pause the recording and resume when they are ready.

• Waveform Visualisation:  Under this feature, a visual representation of the sound on the voice message is given that would help the receiver to follow the recording.

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• Draft Preview:  Users will now be able to save a draft and listen to the voice message before sending them across the intended recipient.

• Remember Playback: If a user pauses while listening to a voice message, that person can pick it up exactly where he or she left off when returning to the chat.

• Fast Playback on Forwarded Messages:  Users will now be able to play voice messages at 1.5x or 2x speeds to listen to messages faster on both regular and forwarded messages.

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"Voice messages have made it quick and easy for people to have more expressive conversations. Showing emotion or excitement through voice is more natural than text, and in many situations, voice messages are the preferred form of communication on WhatsApp," it said in a statement.

It’s simple for anyone to use - for your family members who prefer to avoid typing, for your friends who love to tell stories, for your peers who need encouraging words, or for when you want to hear your partner's voice at the end of a long day, the statement further read.