The new platform allows users of WhatsApp to send and receive free text, picture and voice messages through Google Chrome OS on a desktop computer, but only if they use WhatsApp on an Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry. Unlike iPhone users where WhatsApp have said in a blog post
It differs from some rivals Messenger apps by using end-to-end encryption to protect messages from snooping.
Jan Koum, WhatsApp chief executive, said:
If you lose an internet connection
Your smartphone needs to remain connected to the internet; if the phone runs out of battery or loses an internet connection, the web app ceases to operate!
Although the messages remain on the smartphone and are not stored on the web, you will not seem them on the web app. To log into WhatsApp on the web, users need to scan a QR code using the WhatsApp smartphone app.
The system works very well on the desktop, with messages coming and going seamlessly with the smartphone. Messages sent from the desktop appear exactly the same as those sent from a smartphone.
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini
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