WhatsApp, news for vowels (and more): sound waves enter bubbles for everyone

THE voice messages they are increasingly becoming a crucial tool of modern communication. Large smartphones, uncomfortable keyboards, busy hands, too long speeches, simple laziness: the reasons for the success of this form of exchange are many, and Whatsapp in the last year it has improved the experience with substantial changes such as the one that allows you to change the playback speed (thus counteracting one of the unwanted effects of the phenomenon, namely logorrhea), or more recently the introduction of previews.


And now it’s time for aanother novelty concerning voice messages, even if of lesser importance, since it concerns the graphic representation. It was early December when voice messages, in the WhatsApp beta (both for Android and iOS), changed face. The sound waveswhich we are already used to seeing when recording a vowel, entered inside the chat bubbles.

Here: it is just started the distribution of this novelty also on the stable version. In a short time, therefore, she will reach everyone. In practice, this means that once a vowel has been sent, the graphic representation of the same will no longer be entrusted to a straight horizontal line, but will remain faithful to the soundtrack. A change that moves the graphics a little, but which can also have its own usefulness, anticipating us with visual information if the vocal we are going to listen to is shouted, for example.


For the other fresh news of the day concerning WhatsApp we must instead return to the beta front, and precisely on the iOS one, where version hides the traces of an option that facilitates control over the state.

As evidenced by WABetaInfowhich he dug into the code, in the pipeline there is the possibility to choose with whom to share the settings relating to the sharing of the State directly from the card of the same. The items to choose from are the usual three (“My contacts”My contacts except “… And “Share with”…), already known, but which are now accessible in a less intuitive way, since it is necessary to go to “Settings”, then to “Account”, “Privacy”, and finally select “Status”.

Probably many users were not even aware of the ability to customize the public of their state, and therefore the WhatsApp team may have thought it was appropriate to work on a method capable of making an existing option more easily accessible. At the moment, however, the novelty is not actively implemented even in the beta: so it will be necessary to wait a bit before seeing it, in the end, on the stable channel.