Last night we got wind that the cross platform mobile instant messaging leader, WhatsApp, has been rolling push to talk (PTT) into the application. Bla1ze already gave you a quick rundown on this news.
The comments have been pretty harsh, which isn’t surprising considering this is an enthusiast site, and you all know BBM is going cross platform soon. We all get that WhatsApp, while it is an app on our beloved platform, is also a competitor. Many of you took to the comments to blast WhatsApp for creating “a shortcut for voice notes”, an old feature.
If you’ve ever used a Walkie Talkie before, or a Nextel PTT phone, then you understand the power of simplicity. Push a button, hold the button, and talk. That’s it. There isn’t even a “send” button to worry about.
My first experience with a PTT app was Voxer. I found the tool to be so amazing that it prompted me to write about why I think BBM should introduce push to talk. Some of you argued that voice notes was good enough. Seriously, this is the problematic attitude that I sometimes see within BlackBerry itself. I often criticize them for accepting mediocrity. If we send the message that voice notes is an acceptable substitute to PTT, we train the company to keep settling for less than the best. That is no way to reclaim a throne.
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