WhatsApp introducing voice messaging feature

WhatsApp recently told All Things D that it now has more than 300 million active users across the globe. However, it also mentioned that WhatsApp will also receive a significant upgrade that adds a push-to-talk feature. The new feature will be made available to WhatsApp users on all supported platforms (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia's Symbian) by the end of this week.

According to the report by All Things D, the new voice messaging feature was a "pet project" of WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum. Koum revealed that the main difference that sets WhatsApp's voice messaging feature apart from the voice messaging feature found in other mobile messaging apps (like Voxer), is that it's very simple to use.

Using the voice recording feature found in Facebook's Messenger app as an example, Koum showed that it took three taps to send a voice message. With WhatsApp, it only requires one tap. Users simply push to record, and release to send. If a user decides not to send, a swipe to the left will delete the unwanted voice recording.

The app will also have no length limit, so users can spend as much time as they need to record a voice message. The app will also utilise your phone's proximity sensor to adjust the recording volume based on where your phone is. The closer it is to you, the softer the recording volume will be.


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