WhatsApp has revealed a new push-to-talk feature for voice messages. Unlike the current functionality, which allows you to send a pre-recorded voice message or record a voice message then send it, with the new push-to-talk function a user pushes to record a message rather than type one. When he/she lets go, the message is immediately sent. If you decides not to send, you swipe to the left and the recording is deleted.
All that is built into a single tap of a new microphone icon that will be added to the interface.
This will allow for one-way voice communication similar to that of shortwave radio transmissions
The update is expected to be available to all users within 24 hours and will be available across all WhatsApp platforms, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android OS, Windows Phone and Nokia.
This move comes as Blackberry’s popular BBM messaging service becomes available outside the Blackberry ecosystem. A wide range of messaging Apps have also been introduced in the past year, with offerings like ChatOn, Viber, Kik and LINE eating into WhatApps market share.
It remains to be seen if this new feature provide enough value to consumers to enable them purchase WhatApp once their one year free period is up.
WhatsApp, in a statement sent to The Next Web indicated that there will be more initiatives to come
As WhatsApp continues to build an affordable, reliable global communication network, we will continue to find new and better ways for our customers to communicate quickly and efficiently with their friends and family.
Until then, feel free to experience the many WhatsApp alternatives out there.