WhatsApp will soon let you fast forward through voicemail messages to save time, and now we know what the interface will likely look like to do so.
When not used for video calls, WhatsApp is primarily used for text chats. While many people also send pictures 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.
It’s a great way to avoid typing and dramatically speed things up for the person with something to say. But audio messages take a long time to listen – so WhatsApp is taking steps to reduce this, which speeds things up for the recipient.
Thanks to WABetaInfo’s detective work, we’ve known for a little while about an upcoming variable read speed feature in WhatsApp. But while we saw references to this option in preview versions of the app, we had no idea how the feature was going to be implemented; but now we do.
In version 126.96.36.199 of the WhatsApp Beta app for Android we have a nice glimpse into the future and see what the variable read speed feature will look like. From what has been implemented so far, we can see that it will be possible to choose between three different message read speeds: 1x, 1.5x and 2x.
Fast talkin ‘
As you can see from the WABetaInfo screenshots shared in a tweet, adjusting the playback speed looks incredibly simple. When you receive an audio message, you just need to tap on it to switch between the different speed options.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52: what’s new? WhatsApp works on 3 different reading speeds for voicemail messages, with a cool user interface! The feature is under development and will be available later for the iOS and Android beta versions. https://t.co/pO1GAVIL8l pic.twitter.com/it4MlwCIyBMarch 18, 2021
If you’ve ever received a message from someone who is waffling and taking an age to get there, or if you are just pressed for time, being able to go through the message this way will be a real godsend.
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. What we don’t know, however, is the timeline for rolling out the feature to users. It might just be a matter of days or weeks, but we’ll just have to wait and see for sure.