WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new voice messages playback speed feature to enable users to fast-forward long audio messages. The company is working on bringing three speed levels — 1x, 1.5x, and 2x. WhatsApp is also reportedly working on public testing of multi-device support for iOS users. WhatsApp Web Beta screenshots have surfaced online that show that users could soon use the Web application without having to keep their phones connected to the Internet. Both these features were spotted on Android earlier and now they are reported to be under development in iOS as well.
WABetaInfo has shared screenshots of two features that are said to be under development in WhatsApp for iOS beta version 188.8.131.52 — voice messages playback speed and WhatsApp Web Beta. This feature was spotted to be under development on WhatsApp for Android beta version 184.108.40.206 and it’s now been reported on iOS beta version 220.127.116.11.
The WhatsApp features tracker has also spotted WhatsApp working on the WhatsApp Web Beta programme for iOS users. This was spotted for Android users in January and it is now under development on iOS beta version as well. This will be made available in the future to allow users to publicly test multi-device support, i.e., the ability to use WhatsApp Web without having to keep their phones connected to the Internet. WABetaInfo reports that this is a part of the multi-device functionalities that will be later made available for other mobile devices. If you choose to join the beta programm, you can link up to four desktop devices at once. This includes Facebook’s Portal service as well.
The report says that some features might not be immediately supported, like the deletion of messages, and that missing features will be eventually added during the beta program. Some of the features like calling may be supported only if the recipient is also using the most recent version of WhatsApp. The beta programme will be compatible with WhatsApp Business app as well. But there is no clarity on when these two features will be available in public beta. Even if you’re on the latest iOS beta version, you may not see these features as these are still under development.
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