On the public beta channel, WhatsApp was spotted testing a voice message playback speed feature. It was enabled for a few users on WhatsApp for Android beta 188.8.131.52 but was disabled again the next day with the release of WhatsApp for Android beta 184.108.40.206. This feature has been in the works for a while and was spotted in the works last month. WhatsApp is working on adding three different audio playback speeds: 1x, 1.5x, and 2x.
According to WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp updates tracker, the feature to increase voice message playback speed was briefly enabled in WhatsApp for Android beta 220.127.116.11. The playback speed symbol appeared next to voice messages, allowing users to increase – but not decrease – the speed of playback if they so desired. According to WABetaInfo, a new WhatsApp for Android beta 18.104.22.168 released a day later disabled the voice messages playback speed feature for everyone who had it enabled in the previous beta.
WhatsApp typically beta tests new features for several months before making them available to the general public. This feature’s inclusion in the public beta may have been a mistake on WhatsApp’s part, but it was quickly corrected with a new update. However, this could indicate that WhatsApp is on the verge of releasing the feature.
WhatsApp is also testing the ability to delete or edit a chat only from an active device, not from any other linked devices, according to WABetaInfo. Any changes or deletions made to a chat on one handset will not affect other linked devices. We don’t know why WhatsApp thinks this is important, but we expect the app to include a feature that allows users to delete chats from all linked devices at once.
This feature is in the works and will most likely be bundled with the multi-device feature, which has been a work-in-progress for some time. Users will be able to access their WhatsApp account on up to four devices thanks to multi-device support. According to the WhatsApp features tracker, a log-out option for linked devices is also in the works.