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WhatsApp enables voice-messaging for Windows Phone

Good news if you’re a fan of WhatsApp, the popular platform-agnostic messaging service that spans the world. The app, which has been receiving numerous updates in the last few months with the help of Nokia, has remotely enabled a new feature today: voice messages.

When users enter into a chat with a contact, to the left of the text window a microphone icon should now be present (see the photo above). Users can simply press and hold that icon to record a voice clip which is then sent instantly to the contact. The quality of the recording is excellent and it is certainly a welcome feature, especially with services like Voxer breathing down the necks of companies like WhatsApp.

On our Lumia 925, we don’t yet see the voice messaging icon but on our Lumia 1020, we do. So like all things that are rolling out, this could take time before it hits everyone. Regardless, you won’t need to update the app to enable this feature as it is being done so via their servers.

All in all, a pleasent surprise to what is becoming the go to messaging app for Windows Phone. Pick up WhatsApp for Windows Phone here in the Store.

Update: All Things D had an interview with Jan Koum, the company’s co-founder and CEO earlier today where the new messaging feature was revealed, making an interesting read.

Thanks, Mohamed S., Shreyas S. and the site Plaffo, for the tips!

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WhatsApp enables voice-messaging for Windows Phone

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Wait I could already send voice messages long before this article.... I am confused....could someone please explain to me. Thanks in advance.

I am thinking it's more like a walkie-Talkie style, its more instant than sending a voice note.. Voxer app works in this manner..

It's simpler than you must tap Attach and then tap Voice. You just need to tap and hold to say, and after you're done, just release it.

My friend with a iPhone 4s also got that thing on the side so it looks like it's a new feature for everyone and not just Windows Phone

As Daniel said out of nowhere.. Seems like someone has woken up the sleeping giant with these last flurry
of updates, just add multiple photo sharing, the ability to hide your time-stamp when you were last seen online and this will be GOLD..

All you needed to do was go to any chat, then wait a few seconds or just pop open and close the attachments menu.

Just wait, it will come. ;)
But it's always be advisable to check for the updates. Mine has the latest update on WhatsApp.

Just noticed it surprisingly while chatting with my boyfriend and i was like WHAT THE HELL 5 mins back there was nothing but YAY..!!
EVEN mt boyfriend using iPhone 5 say iOS too got sudden changes.

Was reading until the word "boyfriend" considered leaving, gave benefit of the doubt, last chance to redeem self, read that boyfriend uses iPhone, moved to Venus for 6 month to fathom out human nature and habits...

@john mark1, neither of those were the "source" for the story because we had no idea this was coming. We found out by user tips telling us there was this new feature and the Italian Windows Phone site Plaffo alerting us as well. You could argue that the ATD article expands upon the topic, which I agree, but that's different then calling them the source.

Just get into chat with someone and it will show up. Hint: try sending audio attachment. It triggers the new icon.

That's what I mean. My Lumia 620 that's still on Portico/GDR1 update gets updated too, so it's not related to GDR2 issue.

I predicted that!
bcs if u didn't notice in the requirements section at wp store it says VOip calls needed :P

Noticed this about 40 minutes ago on my Lumia 920. The girl at the other end had it on her Galaxy SIII for some time...

My whatsapp still says there's a problem with my push notifications and wants to reboot my phone. I'm tempted to get rid of whatsapp. Its gone a bit downhill. Haven't used it for ages.

How I forced this to appear on my non-GDR2 Lumia 920:
1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Date + Time
3. Change date (I set mine to 18 August or something, so a few days ahead)
4. Open WhatsApp
5. If you are already in a conversation, open another conversation
5. Change date+time back to original settings
7. Enjoy voice messaging

BTW: I think like the UI for this :) I just hope it's not placed in such a way that you press it by accident, but time will see.

Exit whatsapp, change time in phone settings to what ever, open whatsapp, u will notice the new icon beside chat box, now you can put your time back to normal.

This feature is there since months... It was just not the same UI. (had to do "attach file" and then mic)

Well, it's your opinion and I respect it. Even as a marketing guy, I think that "enables voice messaging" is bullshit but that's just my pov. Used this new feature a few minutes ago and didn't see a real change in terms of what I can do... just a (welcome) change in how it works / how I can do it. In the end, it's still sending a recorded voice message. Just less painful.
I'd love to have voice call on Whatsapp... or Skype audio messages on WP8 ;-) to have a good all in one solution.

It is different.
 
1) the number of taps to send a "voice note" is reducded.(lets not even pretent that it was not annoying before)
2)there is now no time limit to the voice note
3) your message lights blue when recipient is listening to it. (guess you had that before too right?)
4) volume automatically switches from speaker when held at arm’s length to soft when held next to an ear

Its not the same feature, this one is like coxer and wechat, walki talki style, the older feature used to be an attachment.

So does Whatsapp do groups like GroupMe? GM is slow and buggy on WP... I kind of wish the people I know were on something else. Which is stupid as GM is owned by MS. When will they wake up and make their own WP apps as good as the versions on competiting OS?

This is awesome! Just uninstalled and reinstalled and it shows! Tested it against my wife's Galaxy S 3 and she is jealousss even though she won't admit! Shows me how she does that on her phone by clicking 5 times before she actually sends something which doesn't even come close to what WP version mow has! I think we should all thank Nokia for this great feature as well besides the Whatsapp team!

It is being released to all platforms. it's nota windows phone specific thing. she will get iteventually.

As I like to point out, a warning to Xbox music buyers to change dates on your phone. The DRM protection can kick in = you can't download your bought music or stream it, it won't show up. Just so people know that it can happen. Only fix is a hard reset, happened to me once.

this is awesome, and yep its on iPhone too but not android yet it seems. its very cool, push to talk like heytell as opposed to attaching an audio clip.

So I gets jealous, uninstalls the whatsapp that has been working just fine without the mic symbol for a year and a half (free) reinstalls my favourite (free) app and BOOM!! Muther Furkin warning screen pops up sayin 69p shit all up in ma grille!!!

Not on my Lumia 920 yet. Hope it's something like voice message in WeChat. Whatsapp's previous voice attachment was awful.

Kinda enjoyed the uninstall/reinstall process. Got to see the new load screens (sad i know).
Good interview too however it would of been interesting to see the response to some lingering WP related questions eg. behind on features etc.

I was under impression it will be speech to text. But its audio recording & it was already there in attachments. Just another button to do same thing.

Just appeared seconds ago on my lumia 920 on carrier Telcel, not that everyone really cares but just wanna post something hell yea!
 

Yeah, but it's different as ttsoldier already posted:

1) the number of taps to send a "voice note" is reduced.(lets not even pretend that it was not annoying before)
2)there is now no time limit to the voice note
3) your message lights blue when recipient is listening to it. (guess you had that before too right?)
4) volume automatically switches from speaker when held at arm’s length to soft when held next to an ear

Does anybody know if the voice chats are stored locally on the phone, or in the cloud? If it's stored locally, I gotta watch my space. Specially if the voice chats have no time limit. :)

the audio messages has been enabled on my device about 15 min minutes ago.
im in barcelona, spain with unbranded/unlocked Lumia 920 from united kingdom
it's 9.50 CET here
no GDR2 fuu## slow nokia

Neat little feature, I detected it this morning. My iPhone-using friend detected it at the same time. Its nice to get a new feature at the same time as the fruit phone. Well done, Whatsapp.

Slighlty out of topic, and its about watsapp installation on WP.
If I already had watsapp installed on my L920, do I  have to go through the re-registering process if  I insert a new SIM card (different number/carrier)?? I ask this cos, I had to do this before - on my Nokia C7-00. Incidentally, my wife was using an android. She didnt have to do anything, her watsapp would function as usual (on the original number too)

There's a simple trick, which worked on my unbranded German 920: Set the phone date to a later date (e.g. August 9), open WhatsApp (the microphone should now appear), reset the phone date to the correct date. Here you go.

THE DATE TRICK WORKS. Set date a few days to the future - open whatsapp - close whatsapp - set date back to normal - enjoy yourself.

I wish there were more solutions to when I want to voice chat... I mean, I want to speak something and have someone speak a reply back.  If there was only some way of doing that with a phone.  Jeez.
 
Just kidding.  I know voice messaging is vastly different from actually talking on the phone.  But can't help but think of the humorous irony.

Yes, in my Lumia 520 the latest version of WhatsApp (2.10.529) updated on August 2, 2013 has voice message. I like WhatsApp.
:-)