WhatsApp releases web client for Android and Chrome
In an effort to have you always connected with your friends or colleagues, WhatsApp has a new trick up its sleeve. WhatsApp is coming to the desktop, thanks to a web client that launched today for Chrome and Android. WhatsApp recently confirmed earlier rumors that they designed a new live webpage called “web.wahtsapp.com“. This new feature will enable you to chat over WhatsApp using your Chrome browser.
A WhatsApp spokesperson stated that – “The primary use is of course still on your phone, but there are people who spend time in front of a computer at home or at work and this will help bridge the two.”
For the web client to work your phone will need to stay connected to the web and all user messages will still reside on the phone. WhatsApp is hoping that the web client will give users more flexibility. WhatsApp has also stated that they plan to bring the same experience to iOS, although the time frame still remains unclear. Details on the new feature can be found in a WhatsApp blog post. To use, point Chrome to web.whatsapp.com and scan the QR code displayed in the browser using the latest version of WhatsApp. Unfortunately, iOS users won’t be able pair the web client due to “Apple platform limitations.” As stated the company aims to bring this service to iOS users in the near future.
The new web client comes on the back of several new innovations from WhatsApp. In December last year, the company’s plans for voice-calling were revealed by images scraped from WhatsApp’s public site, although the company has yet to publicly release the feature it seems as though they are set on expanding their offering.