While waiting for the iPad version to become reality and while there are rumors of an evolution for the ephemeral messages already introduced for some time, some previews about the debut of new presumed rather interesting and very useful features. Indeed, it is once again WABetaInfo to leak important rumors by sifting through the beta versions of WhatsApp.
An option to protect privacy
According to the source, in fact, among the next news there could be a function currently known as My Contacts Except – translated into My contacts except – that would allow us to hide the last access to WhatsApp only from certain contacts: in other words, from the application settings and probably in Account > Privacy, it will be possible to create a sort of black list of contacts in the address book who should not obtain this information.
WhatsApp is planning to add the “My contacts except…” option for Last Seen, Profile Picture and About, so you will be able to exclude specific contacts without disabling the feature! 💯
Note: you cannot see the last seen of excluded contacts.
Availability: in a future update. pic.twitter.com/LWTihboePd
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) September 7, 2021
Just as we can react to posts posted on Facebook or LinkedIn by adding a smiling emoticon, a silly face or a sign of support, WhatsApp could also introduce the possibility of add reactions to received messages: a useful solution to reply on the fly or give more emphasis to a conversation. From what has been leaked, there is no set of smileys, but you can use all the emojis available on WhatsApp.
• When you send a reaction, you can select any emoji.
• Messages can have an infinite amount of reactions, but if you have more than 999 reactions, you will read “999+”.
• Everyone can see who reacted to a message.
Availability: in a future WhatsApp update on iOS & Android! pic.twitter.com/HWLybLKkkx
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) September 4, 2021
An alternative to voice messages
Strongly desired by those who hate audio messages especially if they last several minutes, this novelty would allow us to transcribe the voice messages received and then read them in a dedicated section known as Transcript – for us it will probably be called Transcribed. According to WABetaInfo, the audio would be sent to Apple servers to be processed and transcribed so we can guess that this function will most likely necessarily require the availability of an internet connection. Furthermore, the messages already processed will remain in the local application database and can also be consulted at a later time without carrying out the procedure again.
I’ve reached 100k followers some hours ago. To celebrate this event, I’ve published an article about voice message transcription, the next WhatsApp feature available in a future update. 🎤 💬
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) September 11, 2021
However, although they may seem like feature very useful, to date we do not know if the service development team will decide to release them permanently to all users. All that remains is to wait for the next updates and remind us to install them, but in the meantime you can take a look at the gallery in which they are listed 12 tricks to use WhatsApp better.