WhatsApp is reportedly rolling out three new features for testers on the beta release channel. The first feature allows users to lock specific chats on iOS. The popular messaging app is also testing a feature for Android to share status with your Facebook friends directly from WhatsApp.
Beta testers can also test another feature that can transcribe voice notes sent on WhatsApp on recent beta versions of the app on iOS. According to a report, the voice transcription feature is the only feature that needs iOS 16 to work.
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According to WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, version 18.104.22.168 of WhatsApp beta for iOS supports a new feature. With the arrival of this feature, you will be able to lock your chat. Once enabled, these chats can only be opened on older iPhone models after authentication of Face ID, or Touch ID. Users can navigate to the chat information section and see the section called Locked Chats.
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The messaging service, WhatsApp, is integrating with Facebook, allowing users to quickly share their WhatsApp status with their friends on the social networking service on version 22.214.171.124 of WhatsApp beta for Android. According to WABetaInfo, the feature will allow users to opt-in to share their status, meaning it will be disabled by default.
WhatsApp has recently launched a voice transcription service on WhatsApp beta version 126.96.36.199 for iOS. According to the feature tracker, this service allows users to read voice notes without connecting earphones or playing on the phone’s speaker. Sometimes reading a voice note can be easier than listening and in such a situation this service will come in handy.
WABetaInfo says that the voice transcription feature on iOS is done on the device and not on WhatsApp’s servers. This means that voice notes will be protected by end-to-end encryption such as messages and other attachments. According to the report, the text of the voice note transcription will also be indexed and can be searched later.