WhatsApp, one of the world’s widely used mobile messaging service has said that its users worldwide will soon be able to use Push-to-Talk voice service(think of walkie-talkie), once they release an application update over the next 24 hours.
The 4 year old US-based company, with only 45 employees, told AllThingsD that the new “voice messaging” service will let users record and send audio files with one tap on their smartphones.
Using the new WhatsApp with voice, a user taps a button to record a message rather than type one. When the user lets go, the message sends. If the user decides not to send, swiping to the left will delete the recording. All these are built into a single tap.
The new voice feature is being rolled out for WhatsApp on all platforms including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.
WhatsApp users now send 11 billion messages and receive 20 billion messages per day, up from 27 billion total in June, and share 325 million photos per day. The company has 300 million global monthly active users, surpassing 20 million monthly active users in four countries: Germany, Spain, Mexico and India.
WhatsApp was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton, both ex-Yahoo employees, and has become one of the world’s largest messaging apps by active users.