WhatsApp, a popular cross platform mobile messaging app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia unveiled its desktop version; users can now chat by means of this service from their desktop computers through a new web service for Google’s Chrome browser.
The giant app which is owned Facebook will allow users to send and receive WhatsApp messages on their desktops via a web client.
How does it work?
To access WhatsApp, a user has to log in on the desktop, and take a picture of a QR code through WhatsApp on their phone. This is possible taking into account that the app uses a user’s phone number and SMS verifications instead of usernames/passwords. By connecting Chrome to WhatsApp, the user will automatically pair their WhatsApp on their phone with the WhatsApp Web client.
For the web client to work, a user’s phone has to be connected to the Internet for the Web client to work and users should install the latest version of WhatsApp on their phone.
Currently, there is no integration with the iPhone app, but users who are on Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry will be able to get the web client immediately.
This initiative will benefit an average of 6 million people who will have the ability to use WhatsApp on their web browser. According to WhatsApp, the web client is simply an extension of a user’s phone; the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from a user’s mobile device and this means all the user’s messages will still live on their phone.