Facebook is really keen on bringing innovations to its mobile services. True to its promise to focus on mobile, and fresh from the introduction of the Poke app, Facebook recently added voice messaging features to its Messenger app for Android and iOS. This is good news for Facebook users and bad new s for apps like Voxer and WhatsApp which offer the same voice messaging feature, apart of course from the basic text messaging.
Before the arrival of the voice messaging feature, Facebook’s Messenger app only offered text messaging and the ability to send photos. The plan, it appears, is to offer users a messaging app with a complete set of features. Facebook is in a position to successfully grab shares from users of Voxer and WhatsApp since it has a huge user base, most of which are active users.
Facebook Messenger now lets users send up to one-minute voice messages. In the app, the record button is shown in red and when you want to record an audio message, you simply press and hold the button and lift when you’re done recording. The audio message is then sent and it is shown in the conversation stream as part of the exchange of messages. This is similar to the way voice messages are recorded on Voxer.
Voice messaging is a nifty mobile feature. It can be used when driving or when messages are long and are therefore hard to type. The update to Facebook Messenger is now available both on Android and iOS.