WhatsApp’s latest features: Consecutive voice messages, dark mode in profile section

Sheri Evans
April 1, 2019

Android users on WhatsApp, get ready for some new features coming your way. Unfortunately, this feature is disabled by default, so it won't work for all beta users as of yet. This feature basically automatically plays consecutive voice notes.

Android beta app v2.19.83 and v2.19.86 have recently been rolling out, and the two versions bring some interesting new features.

WhatsApp is still working on a number of improvements to the feature before it rolls it out. Well, WhatsApp fixes that with the latest beta update. This means that if you've received multiple voice notes from a single contact, WhatsApp will play these notes successively without making you press the play button for each message individually. Furthermore, messages which are forwarded more than four times will now be labeled as "frequently forwarded". However, the PiP Mode on Android app has a limitation - it plays video only inside a chat.

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WhatsApp is also testing an update for Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode. The improved PiP Mode continues playing the video in a small window if you exit the chat, minimize the app, or switch to another app.

This would make sense as Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, recently released an update to its Messenger app which now allows users to access a darker theme.

Simultaneously, the WhatsApp beta v2.19.86 (also spotted by WABetaInfo) also reveals a consecutive voice message feature. Both of these features are now being tested and not available to users.

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