WhatsApp will soon let you fast-forward through voice messages to save time, and we now know what the interface for doing so is likely to look like.
When it's not being used for video calls, WhatsApp is primarily use for text-based chats. While many people also send images and other files as attachments, it's easy to forget that the app can also be used to record and send audio messages to people.
This is a great way to avoid typing, and greatly speeds things up for the person who has something to say. But audio messages take time to listen to – so WhatsApp is taking steps to reduce this, making things quicker for the recipient.
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Thanks to the detective work of WABetaInfo, we have known about an upcoming variable playback speed feature in WhatsApp for a little while now. But while we have seen references to this option in preview builds of the app, we've had no idea just how the feature is going to be implemented; but now we do.
In version 188.8.131.52 of the WhatsApp Beta app for Android we get a nice glimpse into the future and see how the variable playback speed function will look. From what has been implemented so far, we can see that it will be possible to choose between three different message playback speed: 1x, 1.5x and 2x.
As you can see in the screenshots WABetaInfo shared in a tweet, adjusting playback speed look to be incredibly simple. When you receive an audio message, you need simple tap it to toggle between the various speed options.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206: what’s new?WhatsApp is working on 3 different playback speeds for voice messages, with a nice UI!The feature is under development and it will be available later for iOS and Android beta builds.More details: https://t.co/pO1GAVIL8l pic.twitter.com/it4MlwCIyBMarch 18, 2021
If you've ever received a message from someone who waffles and takes an age to get to the point, or if you're just pushed for time, being able to race through message in this way will be a real boon.
At the moment, the feature is only visible in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, but it will almost certainly be included in the iOS version as well. What we don't know, however, is the timetable for rolling out the feature to users. It could be just a matter of days or weeks away, but we'll just have to wait to see for sure.