WhatsApp Messenger, IMing Apps, Messaging Application

There’s no denying the appeal of WhatsApp and other apps in the messaging space, but to some, there is nothing that beats the sound of a voice from the other end. It’s a way to connect to someone in a way that simply messaging cannot do.

That’s why many might find the prospect of a WhatsApp Messenger with push-to-talk appealing, and according to a rumor from 9to5 Mac, it looks like that might be something WhatsAppers will be able to look forward to in the future. Several tips seem to suggest that the developers behind WhatsApp could be looking to add a push-to-talk feature natively within the app.

An email allegedly sent from the WhatsApp team to a Hong Kong developer revealed as much, asking the developer to help the company translate several new strings into Chinese. The strings, according to the email, include Camera button on/off, and a push-to-talk button.

Obviously, it’s possible that this email could simply be a fake. In addition, adding push-to-talk isn’t exactly ground breaking for WhatsApp. After all, you can already send messages via voice attachments through the app, which is just a stone’s drop away from actual Voxer-style push-to-talk. So just how appealing would a push-to-talk powered WhatsApp be?

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at http://www.joshrobertnay.com.