In November, it was reported that WhatsApp was working on a feature for voice status updates. The ability to share voice recordings as status updates has now been rolled out to select beta testers.
WhatsApp Voice status updates
Users can now record and share voice notes as status updates in the latest WhatsApp beta update for Android, version 18.104.22.168. This feature is accessible via the text status section, but it is currently only available to select beta testers.
Furthermore, users have more control over their recordings by having the option to discard a recording before sharing it. It’s worth noting that the maximum recording time for a voice note is 30 seconds, and WhatsApp users must have the latest version of the app to listen to voice notes shared via status.
It’s worth noting that, like all other forms of communication on WhatsApp, voice notes shared as status updates are end-to-end encrypted, which means that they can only be heard by the people you’ve chosen in your privacy settings.
Furthermore, just like images and videos, voice notes shared via status will be deleted after 24 hours. Users can, however, delete voice notes for everyone after they’ve been posted as status updates, giving them complete control over what they choose to share.
The ability to share voice notes through status updates is currently being tested with a small group of beta testers who have downloaded the most recent beta version from the Google Play Store. It is expected to be made available to more users in the coming weeks.
WhatsApp is also said to be working on new features such as chat transfer, a block shortcut, a new camera mode, and more. The company recently added proxy support for both Android and iOS.