WhatsApp is testing a new voice message playback speed feature on the public beta channel. It was enabled for Few Users on WhatsApp with Android beta 18.104.22.168 had this feature enabled. However, it was disabled with the release of the updated version of WhatsApp Android beta 22.214.171.124. This feature allows users to control the speed of the audio playback at three speed levels -1x, 1.5x, and 2x.
WhatsApp voice message playback speed feature
This feature is still under development and was spotted to be in the works sometime last month. The playback speed symbol is seen right next to voice messages. The users can only increase the speed of the audio playback, not decrease it.
WhatsApp usually tests its beta features for several months before rolling it out to the public beta testers. However, WhatsApp disabled the voice messages playback speed feature for users who enabled the feature in the old WhatsApp for Android beta 126.96.36.199. Tapping on the playback speed icon changes the speed to the next option.
Enabling the feature for public beta may have been a mistake from WhatsApp’s end, but it resolved it with their quick update. This also indicates that WhatsApp may be close to rollout the feature soon.
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WABetaInfo, WhatsApp’s updates tracker, spotted WhatsApp testing the waters to delete or make changes to a chat only from an active device, and not any other linked ones. Any changes of any chat through one active device will not delete the chats from other linked devices. Users actually hope to get an option to delete chats from all liked devices in one click.
This feature is under development and will hopefully come with the multi-device feature. Multi-device enables users to log into their WhatsApp accounts from up to four devices.
WhatsApp’s voice message playback speed feature is extremely useful when users only want to skim through the message for a recap. The feature is not really a significant update, however many users would still be glad to have additional options.