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Facebook Adds Voice Memo To Messenger Service

The Menlo Park-based social media company is expanding mobile products.

 

Facebook is working on adding phone calls to its mobile product, a move that fulfills Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to focus on mobile in 2013. 

An update released this weekend to Facebook’s messenger app for both iOS and Android devices added a voice message feature. 

Tapping the “+” button activates a red record button, which when touched will record a short voice message that can be sent to a Facebook friend.

This feature is one of many that the Menlo Park-based social network is constructing.  Another feature, only available to Canadians at the moment, is the ability to make a full-fledged phone call.

The social media company has not declared when they plan to make that feature available to users in the United States, although anyone in the world with the messenger app can send voice messages. 

These two products put arrows in the company’s quiver, adding ammunition in the competition for a share of the market dominated by Skype and Google.

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Igor Zavalishin January 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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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