WhatsApp for iPhone users will soon receive a new feature that will allow them to play an audio right from the notification panel. The feature, currently in beta, will allow users to listen to both voice message and audio files shared on the application even when the device is locked by expanding the notification bar to play the audio file.

The WhatsApp feature was spotted in the recent WhatsApp 2.19.91.1 beta version from TestFlight.

WABetainfo, a WhatsApp feature tracking website, reported that beta users can currently reply with text messages from the notification panel. It also pointed out that the read receipt isn’t immediately sent when the audio is played, but after the WhatsApp app is opened. WABetaInfo says that only a few users have got the feature enabled for now

WhatsApp is also working on other features for iOS users. According to reports, WhatsApp will soon roll out multi-platform support which will allow users to access the app at different platforms simultaneously. The feature is likely to pave way for a standalone WhatsApp for iPad.

WhatsApp’s recent beta update also brought in support for Memoji stickers. The support, however, is available only for smartphones have built in support for the feature, such as the iPhone XS, iPhone XR and iPhone X. To use the feature, users have to be running the latest iOS 13 update on their iPhones.

Last month WhatsApp brought a long awaited feature to Android users called fingerprint authentication. The feature was previously available only to iPhone users. To enable this, a user will have to go to Settings>Account>Privacy>Fingerprint lock. The feature is compatible with phones running Android Marshmallow or higher, and those that feature a fingerprint scanner. The feature doesn't support facial recognition for now for Android users. iPhone users can use FaceID, however.

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