WhatsApp brings voice messaging to its service
WhatsApp introduces ‘voice messaging’ to its service, this new feature allows users to record and transmit voice messages using its platform.
The company also revealed the fact that their subscriber base had grown to above 300 million active users per month and it enjoys market penetration of approximately 99% in Spain, 90% in Brazil and 96% in Hong Kong measured amongst smartphone messaging apps.
Voice messaging in smartphones is not a new phenomenon, with apps such as BBM (used on Blackberry OS 5.0 and higher), WeChat and Line (popular in Asian markets) already offering these services to its users.[list style=”list3″ color=”green”]
- The new WhatsApp feature is simple as compared to the voice feature in the Facebook Messenger app, which requires three taps to make a recording, it starts recording with a single push which is transmitted once the user lifts his finger.
- If the user decides to discard the message, all they have to do is to simply swipe their finger to the left and the recording is deleted.
- There is no limit on the length of the recorded message, and similar to WhatsApp text messages, there is a notification in the form of a blue microphone that lights up when the message has been played.