WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 18.104.22.168.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is working on a new feature called audio chats, available in a future update of the app!
|Name of the feature?||Audio chats|
|Availability?||WhatsApp is working on bringing a feature called audio chats, available in a future update of the app.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is under development so it is not ready to be released to beta testers, but you can discover a preview in this article.|
|How to join the community on WhatsApp?||WABetaInfo Community|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124: what’s new? WhatsApp is working on a feature to send audio messages that are only playable once for added privacy!|
After announcing a new WhatsApp Desktop app for Windows that includes improved calling such as the ability to place group video calls with up to 8 people and audio calls with up to 32 people, WhatsApp continues to work on new features related to calls, but for Android phones. In particular, thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update available on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is now developing a new feature called audio chats, available within your conversations in a future update of the app.
Based on the attached screenshot, a new waveforms icon will be added to the chat header, allowing users to initiate audio chats. Unfortunately, there isn’t official information available yet about how this feature will work, so its exact functionality may appear unclear, but we can look at the screenshot to try to get some additional details.
The screenshot reveals a red button for ending ongoing calls, and there appears to be some additional space available. Since the waveform icon implies the capability of real-time audio visualization, it is plausible that the space above the chat header could be reserved for displaying audio waveforms: this would provide a minimalistic interface that allow users to view audio waveforms while navigating between their conversations.
Audio chats are under development and they will be released in a future update of the app. Another article will be posted on this website when there are updates about this feature to share with you.
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