Facebook Messenger Test: Reading Voice Messages

By David Cohen 

One of the most useful features of text messaging and messaging services like Facebook Messenger is the fact that users can communicate via those channels when they are in places where voice calls would be difficult to hear, such as parties, bars, clubs and concerts, or where users may not want to play them, such as during meetings. Facebook announced a test Friday to enable Messenger users to read voice messages sent via the application.

Vice president of messaging products David Marcus shared the news via a Facebook post Friday:

We’re always working on ways to make Messenger more useful. As many of you know, we already offer a feature that enables people to send voice clips to their friends without having to type out the text. Today we are starting to roll out a small test that helps people read the voice clips they receive instead of having to play them out loud. So, for example, if you’re at a concert or in a meeting, and would prefer to read a voice clip from a friend, you now can if you’re part of the small test we’re rolling out. Our plan is to test this feature at a tiny scale for now, and we’re looking forward to seeing what you think of it before making the experience more widely available.

Readers: Would this be a useful addition to Facebook’s Messenger apps?

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