WhatsApp, which is now owned by Meta, has announced a plethora of new features that will be available starting in 2022. The new features are meant to improve Meta's widely used app's user experience.
WhatsApp, on the other hand, has been unable to provide a definite launch date for each new feature. The new features will work in conjunction with the company's new voice messaging tools, which were unveiled just a few weeks ago.
1. Playback Speed on voice messages
Users can now listen to and play audio messages at 1.5x or 2x speed on WhatsApp. A new 1x speed button has appeared near the voice message player. By touching on the new button, you may change the playback speed of any audio message.
2. Listen to voice message before sending
WhatsApp users may now listen to audio messages they've recorded before sending them. Users could previously only record and transfer voice messages after hearing them. This functionality will operate in conjunction with the new pause and resume option for voice message recording.
3. Waveform design voice messages
WhatsApp users will soon be able to see a graphic representation of the sound of voice communication. The design, according to the company, would make it easier for users to follow the recording. For audio calls, WhatsApp has adopted a similar waveform format.
4. Play voice messages outside WhatsApp chats
Even after exiting a discussion or moving to another app, WhatsApp users may now listen to a voice note. Because users can react to another chat while listening to audio notes, this feature saves time. To listen to a voice note before the functionality, users had to stay in a conversation.
Users of WhatsApp no longer have to listen to an audio message in its entirety. They can pause and resume a voice message where they left off. When listening to lengthy audio messages, this feature will come in handy.
6. WhatsApp audio recording
Users may now pause and restart recording audio messages on WhatsApp. Users will notice a new pause option when starting to record a voice message in hands-free mode. In the past, clients had to re-record a voice message if there was a problem. This function will be useful for recording lengthy audio messages.
7. WhatsApp voice calls
WhatsApp will now provide one-tap voice calling for up to 32 people thanks to a redesigned design. The company is redesigning the app window that displays during group voice calls. The platform adds voice waveforms for all participants during a group call. Voice waves are similar to those seen in voice notes. The design changes are small, but they give the page a more contemporary look.
8. WhatsApp file-sharing capacity
With future updates, WhatsApp will be able to handle file uploads of up to 2 terabytes, allowing participants to work on a project in real-time. WhatsApp now only allows for 100MB of file sharing in a single session.
9. WhatsApp group admins
In the next updates, WhatsApp group managers will be able to delete inaccurate or problematic messages from everyone's chats. Until today, only senders had the ability to remove their messages.
10. WhatsApp Communities
The WhatsApp Communities feature will allow users to unite disparate groups under a single roof with a structure that suits them. Users may simply form smaller discussion groups on themes that are relevant to them, and get updates that are broadcast to the rest of the Community. New admin capabilities, such as announcement messages sent to everyone and control over which groups can be included, will be available in communities.
11. WhatsApp Emoji Reactions
WhatsApp is rolling out message reactions that are similar to those available on other Meta-owned platforms like Instagram and Facebook Messenger. This feature allows users to ‘react' to communications by using emoticons.
Users will just press and hold the message they want to react to, then drag their fingers to the appropriate emoji. All members of the group will be able to see the reaction, which will appear below the text.