WhatsApp adds voice messaging, lets you whisper sweet nothings cross-platform

WhatsApp, the extremely popular multi-platform messaging app, has just announced the addition of voice messaging to the service. According to the WhatsApp blog:

We are releasing Voice Messages on all of our platforms simultaneously. We worked very hard to make sure that iPhone and Android devices have perfectly working Voice Messages functionality, and we put extra effort into making sure that BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone users can enjoy the same rich and powerful Voice Messaging experience.

Extra effort? Is there something about BlackBerry or Windows Phone that made "rich and powerful" more challenging on their platforms?

Anyway, it's not voice calling like Skype or the upcoming iOS 7 FaceTime Audio, where you can talk back and forth to someone on the other end of a VoIP connection. It's just a way to record short snippets of audio and send them like an MMS. You can find instructions on how to do it on the WhatsApp FAQ.

If you're using WhatsApp and you try out the new voice messages, let me know how they work for you. If not, and you want to give it a try, grab it from the App Store now.

Rene Ritchie

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WhatsApp adds voice messaging, lets you whisper sweet nothings cross-platform

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"Anyway, it's not voice calling like Skype or the upcoming iOS 7 FaceTime Audio, where you can talk back and forth to someone on the other end of a VoIP connection."

I didn't realize that you couldn't do just an audio call through Facetime. It will be good when BBM hits cross platform so you can have all of these features in one package.

you can allready use that feature in a slightly different way for years with whatsapp. but the new voice messaging is swiftly and audio playback now happens within the application itself, instead of the app automatically opening iPhone's built-in media player.