WhatsApp’s global voice note player comes to Android, but there’s a catch

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Voice notes are one of the many ways that WhatsApp users can use to share messages with their contacts. They’re quick and convenient but they also come with a fundamental limitation – they can’t run in the background. Simply put, WhatsApp users cannot play voice notes in the background so that they can check other chats and apps while the message is playing. To fix this, WhatsApp is said to have been working on revamping the voice note player on its platform for quite some time now. Now, months later, WhatsApp has finally rolled out the updated Voice Note player on its Android app.

But there is one more thing, this feature is available only on the Android beta app of WhatsApp. WABetaInfo says that the updated voice note player called Global Voice Note Player is available on WhatsApp Beta for Android versions and WhatsApp Business Beta for Android versions 2.22.8.7 and 2.22.8.8.8.

For the unversed, the global voice note player enables users to play voice notes even after users exit the chat in which the voice note was shared. In a way, it is like WhatsApp’s picture-in-picture mode for videos that lets users watch the video even if they exit the chat in which the video was shared.

The blog site notes that Android users of WhatsApp who have received the feature will see a voice note player bar at the top of their screen within the app. The screenshot shared by the publication shows that the global voice note player will be placed at the top of the tabs within the app.

It is worth noting that WhatsApp has already released this feature on its iOS based beta app. And today’s update brings the feature to WhatsApp’s Android-based app. With the Global Voice Note Player available globally on WhatsApp’s beta app, it won’t be too far-fetched to say that the feature will soon be available in the main app.

WhatsApp’s global voice note player arrives on Android, but a catch first appeared on BGR India.

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