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WhatsApp is now serving more than 300-million mobile users monthly, according to AllThingsD. That’s 11-billion messages sent, and 20-billion received, daily. But the real excitement, at least for tech lovers like us is the new push-to-talk (PTT) feature which hits Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, some Nokias and iOS devices today. Everyone can join the PTT party and the update should roll out to everyone, worldwide, over the next 24-hours.
WhatsApp is keeping PTT as simple as possible according to the AllThingsD article. A WhatsApp voice message is sent in one tap, on Facebook Messenger it takes three taps and this matters, says WA CEO Jan Koum. “The number of taps matters. People want to send a message and be on their way.” No argument there.
We’ve tested PTT out for a bit and WA’s implementation of it is about as slick as possible. “We think it is going to be awesome.” says Koum. The next update will focus on “media”, so all those photos you’ve been taking and sending may have an Instagram-like filter option in the near future.
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