WhatsApp gets the much awaited Push-To-Talk / Voice Messaging feature which many of its competitors have been fitted with by default. Those of you who have used Wechat or Voxer must have loved the app for its Push-To-Talk (PTT) feature. I myself had installed Wechat to make use of the PTT feature which enabled group chats or individual chats.
This Walkie Talkie like feature has been made available on the occasion of WhatsApp expanding to its 300 million active users per month mark. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced that WhatsApp users shares around 325 million photos per day and users now send 11 billion messages and receive 20 billion messages per day.
Around 3 weeks ago, WhatsApp also converted into a Freemium based plan and Koum said that he hates Advertisements and doesn’t like the integration of Applications and Advertisements, Hence we can hope that WhatsApp will always stay Ad-Free. 🙂
Moving on to the Push To Talk feature of WhatsApp, WhatsApp makes the voice messaging feature very simple and accessible easily. You can Send (or Delete) a Voice Message with ‘One’ Tap. Koum says “The number of taps matters. People want to send a message and be on their way” and moves on to explain how the Facebook Messenger has to make 3 taps in order to record a Voice Message where as WhatsApp just takes a single tap.
Here is how it works.
To Send a WhatsApp voice message, Just Tap (keep it pressed) the Microphone icon (which replaces the Arrow or Send button) and record your Message. Then release it to send the message.
To Delete a recorded voice message, Just Swipe the recording to the Left where a Dustbin/Recycle bin icon will appear once you drop it on the left. Make sure you don’t remove your finger from the microphone icon after recording the message if you want to delete it, Swipe it to the left while its still recording. (Even if you mistakenly sent a recorded message which you wished to delete, You get a split second to cancel the upload 😉 )
Some other features of the Voice Messaging update are.
- There is no cap on the length of recording which means you can send as long a message as you want.
- A microphone icon appears next to your sent voice message, which turns blue when the recipient listens to it.
- The volume of the recording automatically switches from speaker when held at arm’s length to soft when you bring it next to your ear. This must be working on all smartphones with Proximity sensor I suppose.
How to get the Push To Talk or Voice Messaging Feature in WhatsApp.
Koum says that unlike other companies like Facebook which releases its updates platform by platform (i.e on Android first then on iOS or vice versa), WhatsApp will update all its platforms ie. iPhone, BlackBerry, Android OS, Windows Phone and Nokia at once and the updates will be available at the same time.
The update has not yet been rolled out on Google Play Store at the moment, Can’t say about other platforms but for Android users you can download the updated APK directly from the WhatsApp’s website.
Download WhatsApp APK with Voice Messaging feature.
Copy it to your SD Card and Install it. (Make sure you have ticked ‘Unknown Sources’ in Android Settings). The installation will not delete any of your chats or messages.
Note that the version number is Version 2.11.19 unlike on Google play which is Version 2.11.12 For other platforms checkout your respective App stores.
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