WhatsApp now lets you leave voice messages

By , Aug 9, 2016

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WhatsApp Messenger was updated this morning with an interesting enhancement in the form of ability to leave other people voice messages on the service. “When placing a WhatsApp call, you now quickly leave a voice message if your call isn’t answered, just like voicemail,” read release notes accompanying WhatsApp’s 2.16.8 update on the App Store. Since enabling Voice over IP (VoIP) calling a year ago, more than 100 million voice calls are made on average every day via WhatsApp, or more than 1,100 VoIP calls a second.

No other changes are mentioned in this release of WhatsApp.

iOS 10 offers a new application programming interface (API) for VoIP apps like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and others. These APIs let VoIP calls on an iPhone behave more like regular phone calls with features like voicemail transcriptions, the caller’s contact image taking up the whole Lock screen (as shown top of post), ability to access the Phone app’s Recents and Favorites and more.

And thanks to Apple’s partnership with Cisco, calls to a person’s work VoIP number can also reach their personal phone number.

VoIP calls on iOS 10 also offer standard Remind Me and Message options on the calling screen, with relevant information from third-party VoIP apps now allowed to be nested inside people cards in Contacts.

And since iOS 10’s Phone app is now a platform, users can now install apps from the App Store that will alert you on the calling screen if an incoming phone call has been identified as a possible spam.

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  • Abhijeet Gupta

    And since iOS 10’s Phone app is now a platform, users can now install apps from the App Store that will alert you on the calling screen if an incoming phone call has been identified as a possible spam – Does that mean true caller will be as functional as it is on android ?

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Please I just hope your answer is correct.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        FINGERS CROSSED

  • hkgsulphate

    in this ver. whatsapp now displays the senders’ names in your contact list instead of the ones set by themselves on whatsapp :

    • Elias Chao

      That has been gone for a long time on Android. When I talk about it, with my friends who own an Android phone, they tend to not know what I’m talking about.

      • nyangejr

        Ha

  • Matt

    Let me get this straight, not only voicemail still exists, but whatsapp is now recreating it for their app as well?
    What’s wrong with people?

    • Bill

      What’s wrong with voicemail?

      • Matt

        Honestly, it’s kind of useless. I never use it, anyways

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        It’s not even available in India.

      • :D

        Sometimes it’s handy just to say why you called

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Very handy.

      • Bill

        So let me get this straight…because you don’t use it, it’s useless and there’s something wrong with people who do use it? Makes a lot of sense.

      • Matt

        No. Because today, you have such a variety of ways to reply either with texts or a normal recorded message so why bother to go through a voicemail system?
        It belongs to the past.
        We have an advance piece of tech in our hands, it’s time to move on.

      • Bill

        A voicemail IS a ‘normal recorded message’… I think you just think of yourself as some kind of elitist. Honestly, you just seem like a snobbish prick. Good day to you.

      • Matt

        Elitist? Well, no, that’s just my opinion, no need to get mad. You can send either audio message through iMessage or recorded whatsapp audio message already.
        So it just doesn’t make sense anymore to go through a voicemail system when you can send an instant reply.
        What was the whole name calling necessary for?
        Snobbish prick? You realize you’re judging someone over the internet based on nothing, right? Chill out. Good day to you too

      • Bill

        So say you call someone on WhatsApp. They don’t answer. You’d then rather go back and send them a recorded message than automatically have the app let you leave one? You just don’t want to do it this way because they call it voicemail? Your method is the old way. The new way is essentially exactly the same, but automated.

        And you’re right about the rest of it. My comments were unnecessary. Cheers.

      • Matt

        First, I was generally referring to “voicemail” being obsolete, so there’s that.
        Honestly, I have my own “phone voicemail” disabled and voicemail tab hidden.

        Second, I personally haven’t got to use the new/updated feature (and not a big fan of whatsapp calls anyways) but since whatsapp themselves called it, and I quote the update log “just like voicemail” I’m assuming they try to market it as such, and I truly don’t see the point.
        If you do use it, why would you want to record right away, when you automatically get back to the app when you hang up anyways? it isn’t that such of a hasstle.

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Read it. I hope true caller can take advantage of this platform

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Truecaller’s CEO expressed his intention to team up with Apple to power the Phone API, that will finally happen… Though it’s nice to see an Indian go into such detail…

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        It’s a Scandinavian company and not Indian

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Actually, I meant you, and not Truecaller.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Lol . Thanks

  • nyangejr

    Whatsapp voip still not working with phone on iOS 10 public beta 3

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Maybe WhatsApp hasn’t rolled out support just yet.

  • And the version with GIFs, @, mega groups, video calls, etc.???
    When is going out?