WhatsApp is making a number of important adjustments to its platform, together with voice be aware waveforms for its Home windows desktop app.
Different adjustments embrace stored messages, fast reactions for statuses on iOS, and a footer for end-to-end encryption and wealthy hyperlink previews for standing updates on Android.
WhatsApp added help for voice notes to its Home windows Beta in June 2022, but it surely didn’t initially embrace waveforms — the illustration of how sound waves fluctuate over time.
The characteristic has been accessible on Android, iOS, and the Electron model of its desktop app for a while, however WhatsApp is now including it to its newest beta replace for the app.
Because the characteristic has solely been added just lately, older voice notes on the app may nonetheless present empty waveforms.
WABetaInfo specified that vacant waveforms within the newest beta aren’t essentially a bug however fairly an incompatibility challenge.
WhatsApp can be engaged on a “stored messages” characteristic to assist customers save particular disappearing messages, based on a WABetaInfo report.
A stored message is basically a disappearing message that’s briefly transformed to a typical message to forestall it from expiring.
WhatsApp customers can set their messages to run out after a sure interval and can’t be starred. Nevertheless, the brand new characteristic will allow customers to save lots of particular messages.
Group admins can restrict stored messages in a chat, and individuals can view saved chats in a brand new part of the chat data web page referred to as “Saved messages”.
There isn’t any indication of when the stored messages characteristic will roll out to beta customers.
Fast reactions will let customers reply to WhatsApp statuses by choosing an emoji — equally to how message reactions work.
WABetaInfo found the characteristic within the newest beta for iOS, and it’ll doubtless be made accessible in an upcoming app model.
The eight accessible emoji responses embrace a smiling face with hearts for eyes, tears of pleasure, a face with an open mouth, crying, folded arms, clapping arms, a celebration popper, and the 100 emoji.
The response is instantly despatched to the creator of the standing.
WhatsApp is rolling out two new options to its Android app — a footer to promote that WhatsApp messages are at all times end-to-end encrypted, and wealthy hyperlink previews.
WABetaInfo reported that the end-to-end encryption footer can be added to completely different sections of the app to remind customers that their chats, calls, and standing updates, are at all times secured.
It will likely be included within the Android app’s chat record, calls, gadgets record, and standing updates sections.
Tapping the footer opens a brand new safety web page detailing the WhatsApp options which are end-to-end encrypted.
These embrace textual content and voice messages, audio and video calls, pictures, movies, and paperwork.
WABetaInfo additionally reported that WhatsApp has redesigned the person interface of its standing updates characteristic to incorporate up to date hyperlink previews.
The brand new previews will present related particulars to these already proven when a hyperlink is shared by way of a standing replace.
Nevertheless, older hyperlink previews confirmed the URL because the centrepiece of the standing replace, whereas the preview was pushed to the underside of the web page.
Wealthy hyperlink previews will present web site particulars as the principle characteristic of a standing hyperlink, with the URL offered in smaller textual content beneath.
The characteristic began rolling out to some beta testers on Thursday, 28 July 2022, however WABetaInfo specified that it may very well be some time earlier than it’s rolled out to extra customers.