As the most-popular instant messaging app in the world, WhatsApp is used by over 1.5 billion people across the globe. If you have a sizeable contact list, chances are you spend quite some time daily scrolling up and down, sending messages (and of course, forwarded memes and dog/cat videos) and replying to the ones that you receive. Now, it seems the latter is about to get a lot easier, provided you use an Android smartphone.
According to a report by Telecomtalk, WhatsApp is working on a new ‘Swipe to Reply’ feature for its Android app. The feature was recently spotted in version 2.18.282 of WhatsApp’s beta app by WABetaInfo (@wabetainfo), a Twitter account that keeps tracks of changes introduced in upcoming versions of the app. Since the feature is only available in the beta version, regular WhatsApp users won’t be able to see it. Also there’s no set timeframe as to when the feature will be rolled out to regular users. It’s worth mentioning that the feature has already been available on WhatsApp’s iOS app for quite some time now.
WhatsApp’s ‘Swipe to Reply’ feature is intended to make replying to specific messages in a conversation easier. Currently, doing so requires the user to tap and hold on the message bubble that they want to reply to, and use the ‘Reply’ option. With ‘Swipe to Reply’, users can reply to a particular message by simply swiping over its message bubble.
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Interestingly, ‘Swipe to Reply’ isn’t the only new feature in the works for WhatsApp. It was recently reported that the app is working on a ‘Dark Mode’, which will help the app in consuming a little-less battery on smartphones with OLED panels.