WhatsApp, the OTT messaging provider, has stepped and launched voice messaging on its service. The company said that Voice Messaging will allow users to speak to a contact or group chat on the spot.
The four year old mobile messaging service has grown to an audience of more than 300 million people from 250 million active users. It has now added that it is releasing Voice Messages on all of platforms concurrently.
“We’re proud to announce that WhatsApp has surpassed 300 million monthly active users worldwide, a milestone on the road to WhatsApp becoming the communication network of the 21st century,” a company spokesperson told CNET.
“On this occasion, we are also excited to introduce Voice Messaging, a new feature that will allow our customers to quickly and easily communicate in real time using voice messages with friends and family, whether they’re across the room or thousands of miles away.”
WhatsApp said that they have worked tirelessly to ensure that the mobile apps have perfectly working Voice Messages functionality. They continued to say that they had to put in “extra effort” into making sure that BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone users could access the service.
Push-to-talk voice messaging arrives in WhatsApp. Press and hold the microphone button to record your message. Lift your finger to send the message, or slide to cancel.
WhatsApp makes a cross-platform messaging service that works across iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Symbian devices, and has gained popularity among younger users as a cheap alternative to texting.
The application is being updated with push-to-talk voice messaging so people can effortlessly weave audio recordings into their conversation threads with friends on the service. The new feature is being rolled out to all users on all platforms within the next 24 hours.