Facebook Messenger update adds voice messaging (for Canadian users)


Facebook Messenger has just been updated with a feature some will undoubtedly find most useful – the ability to send voice messages to your Facebook friends. As TechCrunch describes it:

With voice messaging in Messenger, you open a conversation (new or existing) are shown a red “record” button. Similar to Facebook Poke’s video recording interface, you press and hold the button, talk or record a sound up to one minute in length, and then release the button to stop recording. You can then send then audio message which appears in the conversation stream as a little wave form that can be listened to. Voice messages will also be available for listening from the web interface.

Now before you start updating the app to give this walkie-talkie like feature a spin, it’s unfortunately only available to Canadians at the moment. There doesn’t appear to be plans for the time being to expand voice messaging to the web interface (though you’ll be able to listen to incoming messages on the web), as Facebook has said that their focus right now is on the mobile platform.

For now, though, only Canadien users of the latest version of Facebook Messenger for iOS can try VoIP. People can’t VoIP call Android users or people outside of Canada. The feature is a bit buried. Users have to click the “i” icon in the top right of a conversation to reveal a “Free Call” button. It’s not entirely free, though. It will burn data on a user’s existing carrier plan.

Video Messaging on Facebook could very well be next, but that hasn’t been confirmed by Facebook. If voice messaging is well received, video messaging would be the logical next step. For now, Canadians will serve as guinea pigs for the new feature, and it is expected that the service will be rolled out in the US in the near future.

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What’s New in Version 2.1

What’s New in Version 2.1
– Send a quick voice message when you have more to say
– Call friends for free right from Messenger*
– Other improvements and bug fixes

*Free calling uses your existing data plan, and will be rolling out over the next few weeks.

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