Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has rolled out a number of updates this year. Facebook is constantly stuffing its app with new features in order to make it more user-friendly. And the latest reports have suggested that WhatsApp has been spotted testing two new features – Consecutive Voice Messages and Group Call Shortcut.
While the former enables users to play multiple voice messages one after the other, the latter gets a shortcut to make video calls. WABetaInfo, a Twitter profile that tracks updates in WhatsApp’s beta version, was the first to spot the two new updates.
Speaking about Consecutive Voice Messages, it is a new feature that enables automatic queuing of voice messages. To use the new feature, you would only have to tap on the play button and the app will begin playing all the voice messages in a row. The Consecutive Voice Messages feature is available on WhatsApp beta for iOS (v 2.18.100) and it is also present in the code of Android Beta version (v 2.18.362).
Group video calls were rolled out for all WhatsApp users in August this year. But since the feature was made available to all, to make video calls, one had to first call a user and then tap on the group calling button that appears on the call screen’s top right corner.
The messaging app is soon going to make this extremely simple as it is getting a standalone button for group calls. However, this button will only be available in group chats. With the new feature, all you have to do is tap on the button, select the friends you wish to call and then choose between voice call or video call. It is worth noticing that the Group Call Shortcut has only been spotted on the iOS beta version of WhatsApp (v2.18.363).
Several new features have been spotted on WhatsApp’s Beta versions off late including the picture-in-picture mode, private reply and dark mode. If you want to get access to WhatsApp’s latest features before anyone else, you should opt for becoming a Beta tester of the app. You can read our step-by-step guide to become a WhatsApp Beta tester here. However, it is worth noticing that on doing this, you will receive updates from WhatsApp a lot more than you do now, and not all updates are bug-free.