Facebook Brings Voice to iOS, Android Messenger

Facebook is delivering the power of voice to its standalone Messenger for iOS and Android apps. Thanks to the update, which was made available on Thursday, users can …

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Facebook is delivering the power of voice to its standalone Messenger for iOS and Android apps.

Thanks to the update, which was made available on Thursday, users can now send voice messages up to one minute in length to their friends.

So far, the reviews have been very positive toward the new Facebook feature – an important reality for the social network as it becomes an ever bigger force to be reckoned with in mobile.

Although Facebook certainly isn’t a pioneer in terms of this feature (WhatsApp, HeyTell, and others have done practically the same thing), Facebook’s ability to bestow the feature upon 1 billion users is definitely significant.

Although the voice-mail-style service is available globally, Facebook has much more in the works for later this year and beyond.

Facebook app users in Canada, for example, were given a feature the rest of the world is yet to see – the ability to use Facebook to make VoIP calls. If the platform thrives in Canada, there’s no telling how soon before the rest of the world gets to enjoy the same or similar features.

All told, the updated apps represent a positive sign for the social network, which is working overtime to make its mobile apps as cutting edge as possible in today’s increasingly competitive social landscape.

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    great post

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    Latest Facebook Messenger App update is really awesome. Voice messaging is exactly what we all waited for for so long. However there's still one thing missing. Members of numerous Facebook Groups and Events don't actually have a native tool for live voice conversations.

    We're trying to change this with GroupVox app that brings live voice messaging to existing Facebook Groups and Events. It feels natural to send voice notes to communities you're a part of, right from any iOS device, Android or using built-in web-based player on Facebook. All voice messages are stored on Group's Timeline and can be played anytime.

    Check it out at Google Play and at AppStore. It's free. https://www.facebook.com/GroupVox

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    its about time its was optimised for mobiles it will replace regular phone calls