WhatsApp Working to Bring Voice Status Updates on iOS Beta Soon

Soon, users might be able to upload voice statuses on WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp is working on releasing new features for its users worldwide. The instant messaging app owned by Meta (formerly Facebook) has millions of users in India and other markets. WhatsApp has been testing many features as part of its beta programme with select users. These beta features are available for a limited number of users who sign up for the beta programme. The latest beta feature spotted online reveals that WhatsApp might be working on voice status updates.

WhatsApp Status allows users to post updates that last for 24 hours. Users can typically share images, videos, links and even text as a status. Soon, users might be able to upload voice statuses on the app.

What is WhatsApp’s Voice Status Feature?

The WhatsApp beta update for iOS has recently revealed the ability to post voice statuses on the app. The feature is currently under development. WABetaInfo, which spotted the feature in the iOS beta update, uploaded a screenshot of the feature’s interface. The report revealed that WhatsApp users will be able to post voice statuses for up to 30 seconds. Once the feature is available for users, they will see a microphone icon at the bottom right corner, similar to what we see in individual and group chats. 

The report notes that the microphone icon pops up when users do not enter any text in the status section. A voice status will only be shared with the people that users choose within their privacy settings. It is also worth noting that these voice statuses are end-to-end encrypted.

The feature was previously spotted by WABetaInfo in the Android beta app version 2.22.21.5. Unfortunately, there is no word on when the feature will be made available for users worldwide. The report stated that WhatsApp is currently working on the feature, which is still in its development stages.

In a recent update, the messaging app was spotted testing the edit messages feature on the iOS app. Users who had updated their beta app to version 22.23.0.73 on iOS could edit a message once they long-press it. WhatsApp would add an “Edited” label next to the message if it was edited after sending it to an individual or group. The WABetaInfo report stated that users will have a 15-minute window to edit any sent message.

Much like the feature above, the editing messages feature is also under development and available for a limited number of beta users. There is no word on when the update will be released for all users. 

What are your thoughts on the beta features? Are you a WhatsApp beta user? Let us know in the comments if you are able to access the above-mentioned features.

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