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WhatsApp to allow users to share voice notes in status updates

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WhatsApp, owned by Facebook parent firm Meta, plans to roll out new feature for Android users. FILE PHOTO | AFP

The Meta-owned messaging app WhatsApp plans to roll out a new feature allowing users to share voice notes as status updates.

This was reported by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo on Wednesday, stating the feature will be available in the app’s latest version.

“WhatsApp beta for Android 2.23.2.8: what’s new? WhatsApp is releasing the ability to share voice notes via status updates to some lucky beta testers!” said WABetaInfo in a Wednesday update.

The messaging app will give control to users over their voice recordings by enabling them to discard a recording before sharing it.

Just like in the case of video status updates, the maximum recording time for a voice note will be limited to 30 seconds, and the updates will be end-to-end encrypted, meaning that only people selected within the privacy settings will be able to listen in.

The voice updates will disappear after 24 hours, but users will have the option of deleting them for everyone before the expiry of the period.

Currently, WhatsApp users can only share photos, videos, written texts and links with their contacts through the status feature.

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