WhatsApp launches one-tap voice messaging feature

WhatsApp, the popular cross-platform messaging app has started rolling out a new voice messaging feature, that will allow users to send audio messages to their contacts with one tap.

WhatsApp also said it has crossed 300 million monthly active users.

Here’s how the new voice messaging feature works:

  • You will see a new button with a microphone icon instead of the Send button. 
  • Tap and hold on it to start recording the voice message. When you release the button, it automatically sends the voice message to your friend.
  • If you want to cancel the recording, simply slide on the recording bar.
  • You can also cancel the message when it is being sent by tapping on the x button.
  • The person who receives the message will get an alert informing him/her that you have sent an audio note. They have the option to download the audio file and play the voice message.

There is no time limit for the voice message. If you start typing a message, the button with a microphone icon switches to a Send button. According to AllThingsD, the app will automatically switch the speaker volume when held at arm’s length to soft when held next to the ear. When the receiver listens to the voice message it will be marked in blue.

Voice messaging seems like a natural evolution for WhatsApp, and I really like the way they’ve implemented the feature. We’re quite sure than they will also add a video messaging feature in the future, which is already offered by Skype.

The voice messaging feature is being rolled out from today, so some of you may already be able to use the feature. It looks like the feature is being enabled from the backend so don’t expect an update for the app. Launch WhatsApp, tap on the Compose button and see if you’ve the new button with the microphone.

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