Whatsapp launches new speed reading feature for desktop and mobile phones for those who are tired of listening to hour-long voicemail messages without having to worry about changing the pitch of the sender’s voice / Digital Information World

Whatsapp reading speed was introduced some time ago on desktop computers and is now available on cellphones too and people can’t stop talking about it!

Although Whatsapp introduced voicemail messages in 2013, no new major updates were seen in the following years. Until recently, when Whatsapp decided to launch voice message reading speed control to save time and increase efficiency.

Voicemail messages are now an integral part of the life of every Whatsapp user. These are small elements that allow you to send recorded messages when needed instead of typing texts or making calls. The operation is quite simple as you have to press and hold the microphone on the right side of the text box to record a message and release it when you are done. To record longer messages, simply slide your finger over the lock symbol to activate the hands-free option, then click the arrow when you’re ready to send.

The new play feature allows users to play Whatsapp voicemail messages at three different speeds – 1x, 1.5x and 2x. Was this functionality even necessary? Whatsapp claims these are hour-long voice notes that take time but need to be listened to. Next time your aunt sends you this pumpkin pie recipe with tons of goodies from here and there, or your boss sends you hour-long commentary on the project, you can just read on. !

The process to activate these different speeds does not require the slightest effort. When you read a message, it is done at 1x normal speed. After pressing the “1x” the speed will then change to 1.5x and pressing again it will change to 2x.

We know you’re worried about sounding less like a chipmunk to your receiver, but don’t worry because Whatsapp guarantees that your voice won’t be altered in the slightest. Whatsapp also claims that the sender can get along if they read their messages at an increased reading speed.

Whatsapp pointed out that this segment will now save you time, be more efficient, and allow you to focus on other activities instead of listening to voicemail messages all day. A spokesperson for WhatsApp says that at this time we need all the tricks to save time and we totally agree.

Whatsapp has also been actively involved in making life easier for desktop app users by also allowing them to make voice and video calls from March of this year. The desktop version of Whatsapp was launched in 2015, but the mobile version is much more popular, being the “face” of Whatsapp. Perhaps this is the reason why mobile phone voice calls were introduced in 2015 and video calls in 2016, but it took 5 years to launch these calls on the desktop version. We have to say it was a smart move to finally introduce it because with the ongoing pandemic, the only way to communicate was through calls, which led to an increase in favor of Whatsapp video and audio calling.

If you have already tried and love WhatsApp or even if you are not a big fan of the app, it is time for you to explore other fish in the sea. Some of the Whatsapp alternatives include Telegram, Signal, iMessage, Google messages and Facebook Messenger. You might already know most of them, but trust us, they work just as well as Whatsapp.

The Facebook-owned app has also promised to roll out three new features in the coming months and with such a promising launch already with the Playback feature, the bar is indeed set high. Do you think Whatsapp will be able to dominate the messaging app industry with its constantly improving features? Let us know in the comments below.

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