One of the best things about joining WhatsApp’s beta program is that you receive access to all the latest features ahead of everyone else. In fact, a brand-new update that sports the 18.104.22.168 beta version number is now rolling out via OTA (over the air) channels. The update introduces a cool feature and a bundle of software tweaks that are helping the chatting app run faster.
WhatsApp Messenger 22.214.171.124 Beta Update
As previously noted, the new update sports the 126.96.36.199 beta version number. WhatsApp fans who are enrolled in the beta program should be pleased to know that the software release is available to download via OTA (over the air) channels. This means that it can be downloaded just by having access to Wi-Fi.
In case you are not a beta user and still want to access the update, you should be pleased to know that the developers are accepting everyone who uses an Android-powered smartphone into the program. The only other requirement is to provide the developers with feedback.
The new update for WhatsApp introduces a major change to voice messages. If you hate it when you receive long voice messages, you should be happy to find out that the new update adds the option to speed them up. You can now listen to voice messages at different speeds by toggling the 1x/1.5x/2x buttons while a message is playing.
The APK Alternative
Before we sign off, it’s important to mention that there is an alternative way to access the update without having to join the beta program. The update has also been published in the form of APK (Android Package Kit). Therefore, the new release can be manually installed on devices that have enabled the “Unknown Sources” option through a process called sideloading.