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

THE Voice messages they are increasingly becoming a crucial tool of modern communication. Big smartphones, uncomfortable keyboards, busy hands, long speeches, simple laziness: the reasons for the success of this form of exchange are numerous, and WhatsApp last year it 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 another novelty concerning voice messages, even if of less importance, since it is about the graphic representation. It was early December when voice messages, in the beta version of WhatsApp (both for Android and iOS), got a facelift. the sound waveswhich we are already used to seeing when recording a vowel, entered inside chat bubbles.

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


For the other fresh news of the day concerning WhatsApp, it is rather necessary to return to the front of the beta, and precisely to that of iOS, where version hides the traces of an option facilitating the control of the state.

As witnessed WABetaInfothat he dug into the code, in the pipeline there is the possibility to choose with whom to share the parameters relating to the sharing of the state directly from the map 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 you have to go to “Settings”, then to “Account”, “Privacy”, and finally select “Status”.

Many users probably weren’t even aware of the ability to customize their status audience, and so the WhatsApp team may have thought it was appropriate to work on a method capable of making an existing option more easily accessible. For the moment, however, the novelty is not actively implemented even in the beta version: it will therefore be necessary to wait a little before seeing it, in the end, on the stable chain.