Facebook iOS App Adds Voice And Video Messaging

  • New options for writing a wall posts or sending a message
  • Tap on the camera icon to record videos
  • New location services with the Nearby tab

Facebook has just released a new update to its iOS app Monday, making it easier for users to send video and voice messages.

  • New options for writing a wall posts or sending a message
  • Tap on the camera icon to record videos
  • New location services with the Nearby tab

Facebook has just released a new update to its iOS app Monday, making it easier for users to send video and voice messages.

After the update, a "plus" icon to the left of the text entry box expands to reveal new options for writing a wall posts or sending a message. Users can now tap the microphone icon to send quick voice messages to friends directly from their smartphone or tablet. While users were previously able to send short voice messages through Facebook Messenger, that functionality is now built into the regular Facebook app.

Posting photos and videos works much the same way, letting users tap on the camera icon to record videos and post directly to Facebook without leaving the app.

The update also goes beyond messaging to improve the app's location services with the Nearby tab. With Nearby, users can check into places more accurately, showing a scrolling list of notable hotspots in the general area.

Meanwhile, the addition of in-app video recording and sharing could explain the social network recently blocking access to Twitter's Vine video app.

Facebook has struggled on mobile, but there have been clear improvements in the past year. The company has introduced various mobile apps like Poke, Messenger, and Camera, while still making clear progress on the main Facebook app. In fact, Zuckerberg believes that mobile is where the money is.

The update is available for free in the App Store.

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