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Facebook adds video and voice recording for iOS app

Facebook on Monday updated its iOS app to version 5.4, adding a few new noteworthy features including video recordings, voice messages, and a revamped Nearby tab.

With the latest version, iPhone and iPad users will now be able to record and share videos right from inside the Facebook app. The new video feature comes just days after rival social network Twitter released a standalone video-sharing app, dubbed Vine, which lets users shoot and share short, looping videos.

Meanwhile, the latest Facebook for iOS update also gives users the ability to record and include an audio snippet when sending a message. The new feature is described as a way to add audio to text messages when you have "more to say." Facebook earlier this month added voice messages to the iOS and Android versions of its standalone Messenger apps.

Finally, the update brings a revamped Nearby tab, which will offer up ideas of interesting things to do in your area, based on your interests.

The Facebook app in recent months overtook Google Maps to become the number one mobile app in terms of unique visitors in the US, according to data from comScore. The social network's app passed Google Maps in October, just after Apple removed the popular mapping app from iOS 6. Facebook was able to hold onto its lead through to end of the year, capturing an impressive 85.5 million unique visitors in December, while second-place Google Maps logged 74.6 million.

Facebook for iOS is available in the App Store.