At the beginning of this month, Facebook Messenger’s Android and iOS clients got updated with voice messaging. The Android app for Facebook received the same feature a few days later, and now the iOS variant has also been updated to let you attach audio recordings with your messages. The latest update adds some other changes to the mix as well; you can finally record and share videos without having to leave the app. There is no apparent change in the photo sharing menu, but once you initiate the camera, you now get the option to switch between image and video capture. The Nearby tab has been revamped, and you get to apply a variety of filters while performing a search in nearby locations. It is even possible to look for interesting places only in a particular area of the map.
Voice messages can be sent to any Facebook user, regardless of the platform they are on. These recordings are playable on web, but you have to be on iOS or Android to send one. Hit the ‘+’ button next to the text box in any message thread, and you will notice the new ‘Record Voice’ option. Tap and hold the red button to record any sound. If you slide your finger off the button, the recording is cancelled, while simply releasing it sends the audio clip automatically. To listen to recordings you receive, simply tap the message once.
To get a taste of the new video recording feature, go to your profile page and tap the ‘Share Photo’ button. Once the camera is launched, you are sure to notice the small image/video toggle in the bottom-right corner. It is also possible to load videos that are already in the camera roll.
Other major changes have taken place in the ‘Nearby’ tab of the app. Each place in the list shows the names of your friends who have visited it, its distance from you and overall ratings from users. In addition to the places filters and ‘Search this Area’ buttons, the map now also shows photos of your friends who are currently near you, or have checked-in to nearby places in the past.
Although it is not mentioned anywhere in the changelog, we found a new icon (three vertically placed dots) next to all the posts on the main feeds page. This button brings up the option to hide any post or mark it as spam. As always, the Facebook app is available for free and plays nice with all iOS devices. You can get the app’s latest version via the ‘Updates’ section of the App Store, while new users can download it by clicking the following link.