WhatsApp beta for Android has been updated with a new feature that makes it easy for you to record long voice messages. The feature was earlier added to WhatsApp for iPhone, and now made available for Android users with the beta build version 2.18.103. It is designed to let users conveniently record voice messages, without having to hold the record button throughout the recording.
To lock your voice messages, simply tap and hold the mic icon on the bottom right for about 0.5 seconds, and then slide up the finger towards the lock button. Now you can record your lengthy voice message without holding the mic icon, and once the recording is completed, simply tap on the Send button. At any time if you want to cancel the recording, tap on the ‘Cancel’ button next to the timer, which will trash your recording, along with a nice animation.
WhatsApp is also reportedly working on adding an option to play voice messages before you send them to the receiver. Reports also hint that next WhatsApp update will also show the size of specific sticker packs before you download them.
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The recent beta update also brings improved “Change Number” feature. It will allow you to choose specific contacts to notify when you change your phone number, and it will also move the chat history in new chat on the recipients’ phone. The feature will also delete the problem of duplication.
WhatsApp has also added QR-based payments to the beta version of the app. You can locate the feature under Settings -> Payments -> New Payments -> Scan QR Code. You can scan QR Code of the recipient you want to transfer the money to, or you can show your QR Code so that the user can scan it and transfer money to you. You can even set the amount, so once the user scans the QR Code, they just need to enter the authentication PIN and hit send to make the payment.
Recently, WhatsApp also revealed that it now has 1.5 billion monthly active users (MAUs) who are exchanging nearly 60 billion messages on a single day. Facebook-owned instant messaging app has over 200 million users in India.