Facebook has just updated their Facebook Messenger app for Android which now includes a voice messaging feature. The current version in Google Play is 2.2.4 and if you haven’t updated your app I suggest you do so now. The new feature allows you to be able to record a voice message and send to your contacts if typing a long message is not your style. This is great when you are giving out directions or instructions.
Sending out a voice message is easy. Just choose a contact then click on the plus sign (+) on the left side of the write message bar. You will see a Record Voice icon pop up. Clicking on this icon will reveal a red button. Click on the button to start recording and release it once you are done recording. The great thing about this is that the recipient will be able to listen to the message on his or her mobile device or by through a web browser.
I’ve tried using this new service and I must say I’m pretty impressed. The voice messages are delivered quickly, the audio is clear enough and there’s no lag in the interface. It definitely makes a great addition to the Messenger app.
Aside from the voice messaging feature Facebook is also beta testing a VoIP calling feature between Facebook users using their iOS app. This feature is still available only in Canada though. This feature is similar to Skype where people can make Skype to Skype calls for free. Once the testing phase is complete it will be made available to everyone and you will be able to call your Facebook contacts through the Messenger app without using cellular credits.
The company promises more features to come this year. We might even be expecting a video messaging feature to be added soon. As of now though the company has no plans of bringing the voice messaging feature on its website as it is concentrating more on its mobile apps.