WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, would soon allow a single-user account to function on multiple devices by synchronizing the chat history. According to reports by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is looking at the perspective of getting a user account to work on more that one device. It is also inclusive of a separate iPad app. Presently, a single WhatsApp user account can work on multiple devices with the aid of WhatsApp Web, which is again linked to a phone account.
WhatsApp Web requires a phone to get started and connect to the web. However, with this latest multiple device support, there is no requirement to connect to a phone account constantly. Instead, users would be permitted to use WhatsApp on multiple devices at the same time.
This latest feature has been in talks for quite a few months now. Along with offering multiple device support, this functionality also permits WhatsApp users to sync their chat history on multiple devices. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp would launch its iPad app, the rumors of which have been floating around for some time now. This app would be available once the multiple devices functionality comes into play.
WhatsApp currently has about 2 billion users. It has been introducing new features lately. Sometime in April this year, WhatsApp had set a limit on the number of times a message could be forwarded.
Last week, a search feature was also included to help users get to the bottom of any incorrect information that can do its rounds on the messaging platform. With the aid of this feature, WhatsApp intends to curb the spread of misinformation. How is this achieved? Well, a magnifying glass icon is displayed beside the forwarded messages. By clicking on this icon, users would be directed to the website where they can read details regarding the particular message/forward and then check for its authenticity.
Some other features coming up on WhatsApp
Apart from the functionalities mentioned above, there are a few more upcoming features on WhatsApp:
- Disappearing stories feature: Initially found on Snapchat, now Instagram and WhatsApp have taken up this feature. The functionality works as it sounds-a message read by the user would disappear. However, in contrast to Snapchat, WhatsApp users would have an option to set a time limit for this feature, reports WABetaInfo.
- Web-browser within the app: WhatsApp is in the process of embedding a browser within the app. It simply means users can open any link within WhatsApp without needing to go out of the app. WABetaInfo claims that this feature is still in the alpha stage of its development, and it would be much longer before it can appear on devices. Once this functionality arrives, it would be very easy to access any article or any other matter that needs to be accessed via links.
- Storage control feature: Presently, all WhatsApp content is stored within a single folder on the device. To delete any message, the user needs to select a message individually and then delete it. With this storage control feature, WhatsApp plans to give its users flexibility over storage options, reports WABetaInfo. This feature will permit users to look after their chats and messages in much more depth through a new section.
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