Over the past few weeks we see how WhatsApp redesigns its messaging app by adding small changes, like more rounded chat bubbles, but in the latest beta we see a much bigger change in voice memos.
After allowing us to play audios at different speeds, WhatsApp Beta debuts under a new design for the voice memo player more visual but much simpler which eliminates an important feature.
This is how the new WhatsApp voice notes are
WhatsApp beta now show the voice waves in audio notes, replacing the playback bar that has accompanied us since its launch. With this design of vocal waves, we can see the variations in intensity in the sound of the note. The voice waves change color to a darker gray as the audio is played to indicate where the playback is going.
This aesthetic change eliminates, at least in the current version, an important function: the play bar cursor. In the previous layout, showing a play bar we could manually move its position cursor to rewind or advance playback
The redesign of the vocal waveform is successful but it doesn’t eliminate playback control, because if you haven’t understood any part of an audio note, it forces you to replay the audio note from the beginning. It should be able to allow you to change the playback position as before.
As this is a beta version still in development this could change in the next few days with a new update. For example, Instagram voice notes have the same voice wave design, but you can click the waves to move the playback forward or backward in whatever wave position you tapped. We hope WhatsApp will do the same.
Via | WABetaInfo
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