WhatsApp, the world’s most widely used instant messaging app, has rolled out its latest feature to users of its desktop app. The latest addition known as Global Audio Player allows users to listen to audio recordings even after exiting the chat window. The new feature is similar to WhatsApp’s previous picture-in-picture feature which allows users to watch videos even after leaving the chat.
The development was first confirmed by WhatsApp tracker WABetainfo. A report on the website shared a screenshot of the latest update. When a user reads a voice note and moves on to another conversation, the sound does not stop. Instead, a new audio player bar appears at the bottom of the app’s chat list.
The Reader Bar gives control to users who can now switch between conversations effortlessly. It also allows users to know the progress of the clip or the end of the audio.
Earlier, WhatsApp released a feature that allowed users to pause and resume voice recordings on WhatsApp Desktop.
Global audio player is its latest addition and WhatsApp has been working on several other features. Earlier this month, WhatsApp extended the deadline for the “Delete for Everyone” feature. The time limit was extended to two 12-hour days instead of one hour, eight minutes and 16 minutes.
It was also reported that WhatsApp was testing a message reaction feature similar to iMessage. The new feature, according to WABetainfo, will allow users to reply to messages with emojis.