WhatsApp Adds Voice Messaging
WhatsApp today indicated that a new feature is headed to its Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone applications: voice messages. The updated WhatsApp application will allow smartphone owners to record and send voice messages to other WhatsApp users with a single tap. The app is smart enough to switch input from the regular microphone to the speakerphone, depending on how the person is holding the phone, and automatically sends voice messages as soon as they are finished recording. There is no limit to how long the messages can be. WhatsApp said the feature should be available to all 300 million of its users within 24 hours. Other over-the-top messaging apps, such as Skype, have added similar functionality in recent months.
Google's Voice Assistant Now Works with Some Chat Apps
Google today extended the voice capabilities of its Google Search app by allowing it to interact with third-party messaging apps. People can now issue commands such as "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message" to initiate and dictate messages in a handful of popular messaging apps.
WhatsApp to Use Google Drive to Store Messages
Google today said WhatsApp users will soon be able to back up their conversations, photos, voice messages, and videos to Google Drive. The data will be stored securely and can be used to restore chat histories to new devices.
WhatsApp for iPhone Gains Voice Calling
WhatsApp is rolling out voice calling to its iPhone application beginning today. The feature launched on the Android platform last month.
WhatsApp Adds Fun Camera Tools to Messaging App
Facebook-owned WhatsApp this week rolled out new features to its messaging application. Specifically, users can now write or draw on photos and videos, as well as add emoji to posts to give them character.
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