The new voice calling UI features individual audio waveforms and separates participants of group calls into color-coded cards.
Instant messaging app WhatsApp is testing a new voice calling interface for iOS users. The feature was introduced in December for hand-picked Android beta testers. WhatsApp’s new call interface on iOS and Android are similar.
Voice messages can now be played in the background on iOS devices even if the user is out of the chat window. According to WhatsApp beta tracker WABetainfo, the feature will be included in versions 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206.
The feature will show audio waveforms that will show active speakers and flatline when users stop talking. UI buttons such as video call, mute, speaker, and end call can still be found on the lower part of the screen. The new design will also have a wallpaper for the voice call interface which is uneditable as of now.
In 2021, WhatsApp released a call screen feature that indicates if a group chat member is online or not. It also allows users to join group calls that are already ongoing. The app also recently introduced to ‘pause’ and ‘resume’ voice message recordings to replace the ‘stop recording’ button. They also rolled out a focus mode feature that allows notifications and messages to come in from selected contacts while the user is in ‘Do Not Disturb’ (DND) mode.
Aside from these, WhatsApp is also working on other features such as an iMessage style reaction options for both Android and IOS, profile photo notifications, a longer time limit for deleting sent messages, and a WhatsApp community feature. The Meta-owned instant messaging app is also planning to release an additional end-to-end encryption indications for WhatsApp Desktop beta’s release in the future.
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