WhatsApp popularity is virtually unchallenged in today’s connected world, and the service is being updated with push-to-talk voice messaging to celebrate the achievement of 300 million active monthly users.
WhatsApp seems to keep hitting new milestones in quick succession as it marches forward on its quest to become the most popular messaging platform (hasn’t that already happened?) Today, the company has announced that the service now has 300 million active monthly users, and to celebrate this achievement, WhatsApp’s voice messaging is getting a revamp with some cool new features.
Users will now be able to press and hold a new mic icon to record a voice message, which will be sent once they let go. Don’t worry, if you decide that message you just recorded is just too cringe-worthy to be sent, you can simply drag the icon to the left to delete the recording. Once the recipient has listened to that message you sent, the mic icon will turn blue.
There’s no limit on the length of recorded messages anymore, and a message will play within the app instead of opening the device’s media player. Oh, and playback will now automatically switch between the loudspeaker and the earpiece depending on how you’re holding your phone, something WhatsApp has lifted straight from Voxer, a PTT voice messaging app available on major platforms.
WhatsApp users now send 11 billion messages and receive 20 billion messages per day, and with the improved voice messaging, we can only expect those numbers to rise exponentially. The new WhatsApp is now rolling out for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, and Symbian / S40, so go grab it from your respective app stores.