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Popular chat app whatsapp now allows iPhone users to exchange voice messages with a push-to-talk style function. The feature is also being pushed out simultaneously on the app’s other platforms: Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Phone.

We spend a lot of time at WhatsApp thinking how we can make keeping in touch easier, and we know there’s no substitute for hearing the sound of a friend or family member’s voice. So today we are introducing a new feature we are truly excited about: Voice Messages

While there are other push-to-talk apps out there, whatsapp has introduced a number of features which it says makes the functionality particularly easy to use … 

Recordings are made with a single tap, releasing the microphone button to send the message or swiping left to delete it. There is no limit on the length of messages, and a blue microphone icon tells you when the message has been played. If you want to listen to a message privately, simply lift the phone to your ear and the app automatically reduces the play volume.

Whatsapp has put together a video showing how to use the function on each of its platforms:

The app can be downloaded from here.