WhatsApp for Windows Phone rolling out voice messaging

Microsoft may have just updated the Windows Phone 8 app for Skype today with a couple of minor features but some Neowin readers noted in the comments that the Windows Phone version still lacks some of the functions found on other platforms. Today, the popular messaging app WhatsApp has added a much requested new addition: voice messaging.

Plaffo reports that the new version of the app, which is currently rolling out to all territories, shows a microphone icon when a person enters into a text chat with someone else. Tapping on the icon will allow the user to record a voice message that can later be sent to that contact. There's apparently no time limit for the voice messages.

It's not just the Windows Phone version that's getting this upgrade. In an AllThingsD article, it reveals that voice messaging is also being added to the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia versions. It also says that WhatsApp is now being used by 300 million people all over the world, and those folks are sending 11 billion messages per day, while also receiving 20 billion messages a day. It's clear that WhatsApp is growing its audience by leaps and bounds and that it is also dedicated to offering the same features for all of its platforms.

Source: Plaffo | Image via Plaffo

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@ OP should add:

"To be clear, this is not a new feature even for WhatsApp as the functionality was always available. The only difference is that now it is prominently placed in the UI with the latest update. Now, you'll see a microphone button instead of the Send button when no message is being typed in the message field. Press and hold this button and your message starts getting recorded. Slide left any time to cancel the recording."

On some phones you need to uninstall the old version. I had to uninstall it on my Lumia 920 (Unlocked version) and reinstall. Otherwise it's a nice feature to have. However I moved on to Viber already, so I won't use it much

Two things: WhatsApp on Android already has this feature? Not sure if it was from a recent update or not (last update on store is from 31st July) but it definitely has it.

Secondly - it always allowed you to send sound anyway - tap attach button, then Audio and choose any sound recorder from the list.

Interesting that the WP update is coming before Android and iOS... that's a change...

Edit: nvm, the update is available already on their website for download. I guess it just rolls out slowly on the Play store