A few months ago, WhatsApp was working on a global voice message player for its app. Now, with the latest beta, it’s finally rolling out this feature to users.
According to WABetaInfo, this feature will let you listen to voice notes even when you switch to a different chat. So, if you start listening to a voice message of a friend and someone else sends you a text, you can switch to this other chat and reply to the other person at the same time.
What changed from October is that, at that time, WhatsApp was still developing this function while now beta testers can start to try it out as long as they are running version 22.1.72 of the app.
In these past few months, WhatsApp also tweaked a bit how the player will look like. As you can see in the screenshot below, the voice message will appear on the top of the app with a play/pause button, the name of your contact, and a close button to dismiss the message.