Today, Facebook pushed an update for its Facebook Messenger app, which now enables users to send voice messages, and are also testing VoIP calling in Canada. The new updated version for Android and iOS devices is now available for download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store respectively.
The updated iOS and Android Messenger apps come with a new “Record” button alongside the photo and camera buttons. Tapping on the “Record” button will open the toggle option, and you then need to push and hold it to record your message. Once you’re done with recording your message, you can send it across to your friend. Also, if you don’t like what you have recorded, you can simply slide it off to discard it.
The voice message service is available to all users. Facebook also says that it is currently testing VoIP calling feature. This allows users to establish a P2P connection and make calls using their existing data plans. However, the VoIP feature will be available to Canadian users of the iOS Messenger app at launch.
Users in Canada can use the VoIP feature by logging into their Facebook Messenger app, open any conversation that you have had with your friend, and tap the “i” button in the top-right corner and select “Free Call.”
Although the voice messaging feature will not be used too frequently, it still is a good feature to have, and makes the app even more complete. Also, users who have been using voice messaging apps like Voxer can now uninstall it and use Facebook’s new voice messenger. However, it is very unfortunate for Voxer and similar app services.
The voice messaging feature will only be available only on mobile, and Facebook has no plans to add voice messaging to its website. With the new version supporting voice messages, the social media giant continues to focus on improvising mobile user experience. Along with the VoIP feature, we can also expect Facebook to add the ability to video chat with friends.