CROSS PLATFORM MESSAGING SERVICE Whatsapp has started rolling out a voice messaging feature similar to that recently introduced by Facebook, as it announced that it now has 300 million active users.
Whatsapp boasted that its voice messaging feature is much quicker to use than the nearly identical feature on Facebook Messenger, with users simply pushing a button to record a message and letting go to send it. If you decide not to go ahead and send your drunken ramblings, you swipe to the left and the recording is deleted.
Whatsapp founder and CEO Jim Koum said, "The number of taps matters. People want to send a message and be on their way."
The feature also doesn't have a limit for the length of a voice clip, Whatsapp said, adding that the app will also adjust playback volume automatically, switching from the speaker when held at arm's length to soft when held up to your face.
Koum added that the voice messaging feature had been a "pet project" for the past six months, saying, "We really are excited about this functionality, we think it is going to be awesome."
Besides introducting a voice messaging feature, Whatsapp boasted that it now has 300 million active users on Monday, with these users sending and receiving around 11 billion and 20 billion messages per day, respectively. This is up from the 10 billion and 17 billion figures that Whatsapp announced in June.
For the few that don't yet have it, Whatsapp is available to download on iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices. µ
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