WhatsApp is Testing New Voice Waveform Feature for iOS

It has come to some iOS users’ attention that WhatsApp’s voice message recording now appears as a voice waveform. This is thanks to testing the company has been doing on a new, updated interface that displays the exact form of a message when it is being sent in a chat. As per WABetaInfo, only some testers, specifically beta testers on the 2.21.240.18 version of the iOS app, have been given access to this feature, which is not, as of yet, a global roll-out.

WABetaInfo further notes that this voice note recording update is not a new development. The company has been developing this feature – which allows users to see waveforms of their voice when sending a recorded message in a chat – for a minimum of six months. However, no sooner was this feature first introduces to the beta app that it was removed by the company. WhatsApp is now reintroducing the voice waveforms feature for chat bubbles with its 2.21.240.18 version. The publication also mentions that with upcoming betas, more beta testers will be give access to the feature.

“Specific beta testers can now see voice waveforms in chat bubbles, but not always: you can see voice waveforms for your voice notes if the feature is enabled for your WhatsApp account, but voice waveforms may still not show up when receiving a voice note from someone that have the feature disabled or when the voice note has been recorded using an old version of WhatsApp.”

One of the many positives of the waveform view of voice notes is that the receiver can easily discern the length of a voice message, along with any pauses, crests, or troughs the audio might have. However, according to WABetaInfo, it is currently a little complicated to see the feature in practice.

A 9to5Mac story that came out last week reported that WhatsApp has also been preparing another new feature, “Reaction”, that allows users to react to individual texts in a chat. It noted that the feature would allow users to “react to a specific message once and reactions are limited to six emojis.” Presently, the Reaction options available include “Sad”, “Thanks”, “Love”, “Like”, “Surprised”, and “Laugh”. At this stage, however, it can only be speculated whether WhatsApp’s Reaction feature will come with emojis, like those seen on Facebook Reactions, or if the feature will be more limited, similar to Twitter’s Reaction feature.