Currently you have to keep this chat open in the background if you want to listen to the voice message. If you leave the chat, the voice message will stop automatically.
The feature was discovered during the development of the WhatsApp beta for iOS. But it is very likely that the instant messaging platform will introduce it to Android users as well.
How will the new feature work?
According to the report, the global voice message player is pinned to the top of the application. This ensures that it is always visible when a user opens a section of the app. The player also allows users to pause and close the voice message at any time.
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The new function will be useful when receiving a voice message with a longer duration.
When is the new WhatsApp function expected to be rolled out?
The feature is currently under development. As mentioned above, it was discovered during the development of the WhatsApp beta for iOS. It will likely be released in a future update for WhatsApp.
Before making it available to all users, the company will first introduce it to the beta tester. WhatsApp can also change the appearance of the global voice message player (colors, user interface) before it is published.