Facebook-owned WhatsApp has launched a new beta update for its platform which brings a new feature called Consecutive Voice Messages. The beta update is for the Android only and it holds the version number 2.19.86. It has also been reported that WhatsApp is working on bringing improvements to the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode. Although the PiP mode in WhatsApp is disabled in the current version of the app, but we will be able to see its addition in the next update after its proper development. The instant messaging platform is also reportedly working on few new features such as the fingerprint authentication that allows the user to lock/unlock the app using his fingerprint.
The new feature called the Consecutive Voice Message allows users to auto-play two or more voice messages sent one after other, meaning the voice messages will automatically be played consecutively. This feature was earlier spotted in November and at that time, it was still being worked upon. To use the new features that WhatsApp beta 2.19.86 brings, users will have to download the beta version of the app by becoming a part of the beta testers program. We should mention that the new WhatsApp update was first spotted by WABetaInfo.
Other than this, the beta update gets improvements in the PiP mode. The PiP mode in WhatsApp allows the users to watch videos from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or any other video streaming app while using WhatsApp. Earlier, the users had to close the app to watch videos on any other app but now they can watch the videos and use WhatsApp simultaneously. The videos of the app will appear as a floating bubble on top of the WhatsApp window. The improved PiP mode will allow the users to watch the videos and use WhatsApp without any problems or lags.
Earlier we saw that WhatsApp was working on a number of features in its beta program. For instance, a search image feature was being tested by the messaging platform which would allow users to search anything related to an image he received in his chat. Then we saw that WhatsApp was working on an in-built browser through which the users could open any link they received in their app without opening any web browser like Chrome.
The PiP mode will be coming to users who own smartphones with Android 8.0 Oreo or above. But till now, there is no official comment made by WhatsApp about when it will bring the final version of the update for users. With the addition of so many new features to the platform, WhatsApp is giving more accessibility to its users.