WhatsApp adds messaging from Web

Agence France-Presse
WhatsApp adds messaging from Web
Whatsapp's new web client acts as an extension of your phone's conversations, allowing you to chat using your Whatsapp account on a Chrome browser

SAN FRANCISCO, USA – The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion, unveiled a new service Wednesday, January 21, for sending messages from a Web browser.

WhatsApp, which claims some 500 million users, said its Web service will be a “mirror” and would require an Internet-connected phone to work.

“Our Web client is simply an extension of your phone: the Web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device – this means all of your messages still live on your phone,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.

Whatsapp added, “To connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client, simply open https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser. You will see a QR code – scan the code inside of WhatsApp, and you’re ready to go.”

The new messaging service currently only works with Chrome and will not be available to iPhone users “due to Apple platform limitations,” according to WhatsApp.

Facebook in October completed its buy of WhatsApp in a stock-and-cash deal.

The acquisition highlighted the stunning growth of mobile messaging but also prompted analyst questions on the price paid by Facebook and future plans for the service. – Rappler.com

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