Swipe to Reply now rolling out in WhatsApp beta
IP-based messaging apps have replaced SMS as the most popular way of messaging. Apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and iMessage (on iOS only) provide more features than SMS. RCS is being rolled out as a successor to SMS, but in many countries, users have already made the switch from SMS to an IP-based messaging app. Among these apps, WhatsApp remains the most popular messaging service globally, with two billion monthly users.
In 2018, WhatsApp has developed new group managing features such as user search, the ability for group administrators to restrict members of a group from sending messages, a mute feature, a “Mark as Read” shortcut button for notifications, picture-in-picture mode, group voice and video calling, and more. Recently, we saw that WhatsApp was also working on a dark mode for the Android version of the app, although it’s still unknown whether it will be full black mode that could potentially improve power efficiency in OLED displays. Swipe to Reply was another feature that was in development. Now, Swipe to Reply is available in the latest WhatsApp beta 2.18.300. (It has been available in iOS since a few years.)
The GIF posted by WABetaInfo back then shows how the feature works. Users can now quickly reply to a particular message in a chat using a swipe gesture. The swipe gesture is faster than the alternative gesture that exists in Android which consisted of users having to tap and hold the message to reply, and then type to reply. With the new swipe to reply gesture, WhatsApp automatically loads the message in the reply context as soon as the user swipes the message.
Users can download the latest WhatsApp 2.18.300 beta version from APKMirror.