WhatsApp announced on wednesday that will implement some improvements to voice messages in the coming weeks, including the ability to listen to a message while reading other chats and play messages at 1.5 or 2 times the speed (yes, please put this feature Everywhere).
The experience of recording messages is also improving. WhatsApp now lets you pause and resume your recording, so you don’t have to leave long gaps of silence if you’re thinking about what to say next, or redo a recording if you need to have a quick conversation in real life. You’ll also be able to listen to a message before you send it to make sure it wasn’t accidentally interrupted or included something you didn’t want.
There is also a slight aesthetic improvement. Instead of just using a line to show the playback progress of your voice message, WhatsApp will now use a waveform of the actual message. What’s more, WhatsApp can remember where you were when you paused playback and let you start playing from that point again so you don’t have to listen to an entire message again.
These enhancements are likely to see a lot of use: WhatsApp says users send an average of 7 billion voice chats. one day. While some similar features were already available in other apps (Telegram, for example, has allowed you to listen to messages outside of chats for a while), it’s definitely good to see the WhatsApp version getting some attention.