WhatsApp is working on improving voice messages with a host of new features rolling out in the coming weeks, the company announced on Wednesday. The Meta-owned company launched voice messaging on the app in 2013 and says its users now send 7 billion voice messages daily on average.
Among the new features coming out soon is out of playback which allows users to multitask by reading or responding to other messages while listening to a voice message. It will also be possible to draft a voice message preview, pause a recording and resume at any time.
WhatsApp is introducing waveform visualization that shows a visual representation of voice messages so listeners can help follow recordings better. If a voice message is paused while listening, users will be able to pick up where they left off and return to the chat. Finally, the company is adding fast playback features at 1.5x or 2x speeds when playing voice messages or forwarded messages.
All features will be rolling out in the coming weeks.