Mostly Cloudy
24°CTue :Partly Cloudy. High: 33 Low: 22

WhatsApp claims 20 million active users in India, 300 million worldwide; launches push-to-talk feature

WhatsApp claims 20 million active users in India, 300 million worldwide; launches push-to-talk feature

WhatsApp, the popular mobile instant messaging service now claims to have 20 million million monthly active users in India, part of its worldwide active user base of 300 million. It is also rolling out push-to-talk voice messaging allowing users to send and receive voice messages in real time, with the ability to play them within the app and without any limits for duration.

The mobile focused messaging company told AllThingsD that its user base has crossed the 20 million mark in countries such as India, Germany, Mexico and Spain, and that users send 11 billion messages and receive 20 billion messages per day. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum also told the publication that 325 million photos are shared every day on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is now introducing push-to-talk voice messaging in the app on all mobile platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Nokia (Series 40 and Symbian). While WhatsApp used to let users send audio messages of limited duration (2 minutes on the iPhone app) as an attachment, it involved a number of steps including recording the message and sending it, and messages played through the default audio player. However, with push-to-talk, everything happens with a single tap. Users just need to hold a microphone button, located next to the compose box, to record their message and release it to send the message. In case the user decides not to send it, simply swipe to the left and delete it.

Unlike the audio notes feature, there’s no duration limit for the voice message, and the message is automatically played through the earpiece if a user holds the phone close to his/ her ear, to emulate the experience of a walkie talkie. Just like the two checkmarks that denote a delivered message, a blue microphone indicates if a message has been played.

The feature will be gradually rolled out to all users within 24 hours, as per WhatsApp.

WhatsApp’s competitors like Voxer and WeChat also offer similar voice chat features.

 

Top Stories

pomegranate-628x363-TS-160590221

Five capable wellbeing profits of consuming pomegranate!

September-02-2014
Pomegranate (natural name is Punica granatum) is a tasty foods grown from the ground, as well as high in sustenance. Rich in
abhi-ash_650_090214050713

Hubby Bachchan convinced Aishwarya Rai to take up Jazbaa

September-02-2014
Guess who was behind Aishwarya Rai’s decision to sign an action-thriller as her comeback vehicle? Yes, it was none other than her
TCS_Logo_Reuters

TCS, HCL Tech, Mahindra among dozen Indian cos in Forbes Asia’s Fab 50 rundown

September-02-2014
New Delhi: twelve Indian organizations figure in the 2014 Forbes Asia’s Fabulous 50 rundown of the region’s'best enormous traded on an open
bull-bear-market-4_slide

Sensex crosses 27000 imprint, Nifty hit new high on bringing down present record shortage; Cipla most astounding gainer

September-02-2014
The BSE Sensex today climbed by 151 focuses to surpass the 27,000-imprint shockingly and Nifty hit the record 8,100-level on purchasing by
224573-enough

Indeed schools and courts ought to have against inappropriate behavior manages set up

September-02-2014
The 20-part panel headed by resigned Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari has suggested adherence to the Vishakha rules, framed to handle lewd behavior at
social_welfare_16-9_0111_356

‘Love Jihad’: Improbability & test of change

September-02-2014
Leaving aside some narrative occurrences of between public affection and transformations to Islam coming about because of these contacts, the truth of