WhatsApp - now offering voice messages

8 August 2013

whatsapp WhatsApp has been hugely successful, replacing most people's need to text for a while now. 300 million users send text to each other, but that's all about to change as voice messages are about to go live.

This new add-on has been in development for 6 months and won't put a limit on the length of voice messages sent. Users will be able to record messages by holding down on their screen for as long as they are speaking (a bit like the video function on SnapChat).

"The number of taps matters. People want to send a message and be on their way," said Jan Koum, the company’s CEO.

Messages will be played automatically through the phone’s earpiece if it is being held to your ear, or through the speakerphone if the device is being held away.

Alas, there's no chance of making real-time calls as yet (like there is on Skype or Blackberry BBM), but that is surely not too far away if they want to keep up with the competition.

TOPICS:   Mobile


  • Joe
    WhatsApp has had a voice message feature for a long time already, this is just a minor update to add a new button for it. So the Telegraph article is misleading. As a result BitterWallet is too since it just posts rehashes of existing stories without doing any research themselves.
  • Justin A.
    My last WhatsApp update said they were implementing a charge. My new tariff has unlimited free texts. Bye WhatsApp.

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