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  • Meerelle Cruz

WhatsApp Announces New Audio Recording Improvements

I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of hearing my voice repeated back to me, which is why I usually don’t send voice messages on social media apps.

However, they have value, as audio social tools become a more important part of our overall connecting process, and more people use voice messaging on Messenger, Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms.

The ability to communicate by voice rather than text has intrinsic value, and on WhatsApp, that value is certainly a huge plus, with users sending 7 billion voice messages per day on average. Given the widespread use of voice recordings in WhatsApp, the company is now seeking to improve the experience with a slew of new features aimed at helping users get the most out of their audio chats.

WhatsApp is rolling out several new voice message features, as you can see here:

  • Out of Chat Playback: Listen to a voice message while multitasking or reading and responding to other messages outside of the chat.

  • Recording Pause/Restart: If you're recording a voice message, you may now pause it and resume it when you're ready, in case you're interrupted or need to collect your thoughts.

  • Waveform Visualization: Displays a visual representation of the sound of the voice message, making it easier to follow along with the recording.

  • Listen to your voice messages before submitting them as a draft.

  • If you pause while listening to a voice message, you'll be able to resume where you left off when you return to the chat.

  • Fast Voice Message Playback on Forwarded Messages: Listen to voice messages at 1.5x or 2x speed on both regular and forwarded messages.

All of these are big improvements, especially the ability to pause and resume audio playback recording, which may be a huge pain point when dealing with longer voice messages. In places like India, where many different languages are spoken but not everyone can understand them in writing as well as they do by ear, audio connection options might be especially useful. In such circumstances, the ability to capture audio can be a more universal connection option, which also applies to many African and Asian regions with varying dialects and interpretations.

Given WhatsApp's enormous global reach, this has become a crucial selling point for the app. Again, 7 billion audio communications every day is a significant number, indicating that audio has a lot of promise as a connected medium in a variety of ways.

With the recent rise of Clubhouse and other social audio choices, it may become a major consideration in Western markets as well. These new upgrades will help to improve this and expand the app's communication choices.

More information regarding WhatsApp's upcoming audio recording features may be found here.

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