WhatsApp is building a feature that will make it easier for users to multitask while listening to voice messages.
Leaker site WABetaInfo reported that the feature, Global Voice Message Player, will enable voice messages to keep playing even if the user leaves the chat.
In a screenshot, it explains that the message will be pinned to the top of the screen, with a play button to continue listening and a close button to dismiss it.
To remind users who they’re listening to, the pinned message will also display the name of the chat it came from.
At the moment, exiting a chat pauses the voice message users are listening to.
“This feature is very useful when you receive a voice message having a long duration. In this case, you can continue sending messages to other contacts when you are listening to the voice message,” said WABetaInfo, in a post.
The feature was spotted during the development stage for WhatsApp beta for iOS, thus it is not yet available for use.
This means the interface and design is also subject to change.