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WhatsApp prepares a new 'audio chats' function: what will they be for?

2023-03-30T20:31:34.224Z


It would be a group voice call service that seeks to become an alternative to platforms like Discord.


The WhatsApp

instant messaging application

continues to evolve.

The Meta-owned company is working on a new “audio chat” feature, which will be a

group voice calling service

that it hopes will become an alternative to platforms like Discord.

As published by

WaBetaInfo

, a site specialized in revealing the news of the messenger, WhatsApp will add this

"audio chat" function

to existing groups.

This new mode of communication could already be seen in one of the preliminary versions of the application.

Currently, the app has the possibility of 

making group audio or video calls

enabled , although with restrictions on the number of participants.

Although many details about this functionality are still unknown, it is intuited that it will have some similarity with

Twitter Spaces or

Discord

rooms

.

The latter is mainly known for its voice and text chat service, although it also

offers the possibility of sharing files and using bots

to automate certain functions.

Discord, the app that gamers chose to chat during their games.

Photo: Bloomberg.

Additionally, Discord allows users to create custom servers where they can invite other users to chat,

share common interests, and collaborate on projects

.

Unlike WhatsApp, the platform is among the favorites of video game players, since it allows you to create voice channels to

communicate during online games

;

although it is also used by communities of music, art, technology and other topics.

When the feature is available it would allow all WhatsApp users to join this chat as listeners or active participants.

WhatsApp promotes a group voice chat function to compete with Discrod. Photo: AFP.

The new functionality is expected to allow

audio-

only conversations

without involving making a call, just browsing a conversation while listening in real time to other people within the group.

In addition, audio chats would also include

voice notes that

could only be heard once

, as is the case with photos or videos.

At the moment, this new function is not yet active, and has only been seen in version 2.23.7.12 of the beta of WhatsApp for Android.

WhatsApp: more new features coming in 2023

Despite having more than 2 billion users worldwide, WhatsApp continues to experiment and innovate with new features to offer a comprehensive service tailored to your needs.

The company continues to work on new features, such as sharing photos without losing quality, publishing a newsletter in the application, or sending messages to yourself as a reminder.

With information from La Vanguardia. 

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