Facebook iOS app gains in-app voice and video recording capabilities

By , Jan 28, 2013

Facebook 5.4 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Facebook 5.4 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Facebook’s universal iOS client for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini has just been updated with the useful ability to share your favorite places using the improved Nearby tab. More important than that, you can now record a voice or video message right in the app and send it to your friends. The ability to share audio snippets first appeared in an update to Facebook’s Messenger app on January 3, 2012 so having it now in-app via the official client is a welcome addition…

Also cool is that I can now record and post video clips using Facebook’s iOS app.

From the design standpoint, the improved Nearby feature (it uses an embedded MapKit view) reminds me of Foursquare. Just tap the Nearby tab and the app will pull interesting places, venues and events based on Facebook’s Knowledge Graph.

Facebook record buttin
Image via MacStories.

Creating a recording requires you to touch and hold the circular button (above). Our friend Federico Viticci explains:

Because the file gets sent after the user lifts the finger off the screen, Facebook implemented its own way to cancel the action: you can swipe to the side while holding to cancel a recording in progress.

Doing so will reveal a red “cancel bar” at the top of the screen as confirmation. Recordings can also be played inline on the Facebook website.

Here’s another screenshot.

Facebook 5.4 for iOS (audio recordings, iPhone screenshot)

Release notes note that Facebook 5.4 lets you “share your moments with voice messages and video recordings right in the app”.

• Send voice messages when you have more to say
• Record and share videos right from the app
• Share and connect with your favorite places using the improved Nearby tab

Facebook 5.4 is a free download that natively supports all form-factor iDevices.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    uh oh … here comes the porn..

  • jose castro

    its funny, im pretty sure last time we talked about this i said wait why get the messenger when there mostly going to put it on the app it self.. interesting ;P

    • pegger1

      The real question is why did they create the messenger app at all, if it was already in the facebook app.

      • jose castro

        i know right.. worhtless…

  • Mads Teland

    It does have new button on the post like Android have more button and sharing is now possible

  • Mads Teland

    And it does have a new feature, code generator :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689913396 Ohad Hershkovitz

      not new, been using it for a while now

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredstrugala/ geetarspaz

    Anyone else having push notifications with the facebook app? i’ve read countless forums with many people having the same issues, and others totally fine. tried restoring, deleting app, removing from the facebook website link method, (yes everything is turned on) etc. it seems when im under the settings on the facebook app under notifications when i get a check to receive push for that notification the whole page refreshes and the check disappears every time for each one. not sure whats up. any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=557245953 Axl Feliciano

    I do not know how to send a video please help I can’t find any instructions.