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WhatsApp voice messages land on iOS, Android and more

iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone can all enjoy the new feature, which sends audio clips to your WhatsApp pals.

WhatsApp is gunning for your voice calls, as an update to the app brings the power to send audio clips.

Voice messaging has been added as an update to the app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, as well as BlackBerry and more basic Nokia phones.

The new tool is impressively simple to use. On iPhone, Android and Windows Phone you press and hold the new microphone icon next to the text-entry box, speak your words of wisdom, then release the button to send your voice clip instantly.

If you mess up the message halfway through, you can slide your finger to the left to cancel the voice message -- a handy get-out should you commit a graceless faux pas, like asking for a minuet with a lady whose dance card is already full.

On BlackBerry and more basic Nokia mobiles that use physical keyboards you can still use the feature, by holding down the centre or space bar button.

I've tested the new feature and it works well, though it appears your voice messages will only show up if your friends are using the latest version of the app. I'm also pleased WhatsApp has rolled the new feature out to every major platform at once -- something many companies apparently struggle with.

Chat apps such as WhatsApp and Viber are more popular than texting, according to research, but will shortly face new competition from BlackBerry's cross-platform BBM app.

We've compared WhatsApp, Viber and BBM -- be sure to check out our head-to-head clash to find out which one you're most likely to enjoy.

Have you tried the new voice messaging tool? What do you reckon? Let me know in the comments, or on our chatty Facebook wall.