Voice messaging is a technology that allows users to send audio recordings of their voice to their contacts over a messaging network. Voice messaging is a common feature provided by mobile messaging apps and is often offered as a mode of communication alongside text, picture or video messaging.
Companies in the mobile space such as Apple give users the ability to send voice messages through their official messaging apps. Apple introduced a voice messaging feature with the release of iOS 8. Various Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry apps provide similar functionality. Firms involved in Internet telephony such as WhatsApp and Skype allow users to leave voice messages over the public Internet, without voice messages necessarily having to pass through a mobile data network.