The new feature is believed to be a brainchild of the US-based company’s co-founder and CEO, Jan Koum. WhatsApp is not the first mobile messaging app to feature voice messaging, however, the app maker claims that it offers certain features that differentiates it from the others in terms of usability.
With the updated WhatsApp, a user needs to push and hold to record a message and release to send it. In case the user decides not to send the message, a swipe to the left and the recording is deleted. All this is built into a single tap.
There is also no time limit for recording messages. Also, the volume automatically switches from speaker when held at arm’s length to soft when held next to an ear.
The app maker also announced that it now has 300 million global monthly active users, surpassing 20 million monthly active users in four countries: Germany, Spain, Mexico and India.
Now with the introduction of voice messaging feature, the Whatsapp hopes further strengthen its global user base.
Though WhatsApp charges $0.99 from its users after one year, it has never disclosed the percentage of its paid users