The mobile messaging smash hit WhatsApp has become synonymous with instant messaging thanks to its 300 million strong user-base. The four-year-old service, which has expanded to several mobile platforms since its inception, including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Symbian OS, is used to share 325 million photos and 31 billion messages around the globe per day according to its makers. To celebrate their achievement, WhatsApp has now rolled out an all new voice messaging feature that will enable users to send quick voice memos to one another. If you haven’t used WhatsApp before, it seems now is a good time to take the plunge. After the break, we’ll be taking a closer look at how the new voice messaging works.
Unlike Facebook Messenger (or any other similar app, for that matter) that requires three taps to start recording voice, WhatsApp takes a single tap to do the same, which makes it one of the most simplest and easiest voice messaging solutions out there.
After updating the app, you’ll notice a small mic button at the lower-right corner of the screen, swapping the send button, which now appears only when you begin to type something. Simply hold the recording button, start speaking into your phone and let go when you’re done recording. WhatsApp displays the total time of the recording in real time and sends it to the recipient as soon as you let go of the recording button. You can swipe to the left to discard the recording at any time.
What’s interesting is that there’s no limit on the length of these voice memos, which means you can share just a short clip or an hour long dialogue. You can also play your recorded voice memos from within the thread as well as delete previously recorded memos by holding down on them and hitting the trash can in the bar that appears at the top.
WhatsApp has already begun pushing the update across all Google Play Store regions, which means it should be coming your way within the next 24-hours. Happy WhatsApping!