WhatsApp has become one of the most popular messaging apps in Malaysia. In fact, it’s so popular that it has virtually rendered texting (or SMSing) obsolete — I only receive SMSes from scammers, the bank and my mobile operator telling me that my data quota has finished.
WhatsApp has changed the way we text and now they’re making it a little better than it was before.
Successfully living on desktops and Chrome browser (Mozilla Firefox and Opera too) running machines since the beginning of the year, WhatsApp Web finally supports the iPhone. Those fortunate enough to be in possession of either Android, Windows or Blackberry devices would’ve had it since then but Apple had platform limitations earlier on.
If you prefer to use a web browser that’s not Chrome and like to be connected on your WhatsApp all the time, you’ll be happy to know that WhatsApp has extended support for its Web WhatsApp service to Opera and FireFox so now you can use WhatsApp on your computer without the need to open Chrome. Get access the WhatsApp web here.
Chrome is nice and all but it is one of the most resource intensive browsers out there, so if you want your machine to run faster and longer, it make sense to run light and fast browsers like Opera or Firefox.
If you’re on iOS however, you’re out of luck because, support for WhatsApp Web is still not available yet.
WhatsApp Web is now live and ready to use on your desktop computer. This is made possible on Chrome and setting it up is as easy as scanning a QR code from your mobile device. In terms of availability, it currently works on Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, BlackBerry 10 and Nokia S60. Sorry iPhone users, it isn’t available due to platform limitation.
For this to work, make sure you’re having the latest WhatsApp version (Android: 2.11.498) and you’ll find a new “WhatsApp Web” option in the menu. If it doesn’t show up, it might take a while or you can try restarting your phone.
UPDATE: WhatsApp Web is now officially available. Learn how to activate it here.
While working on a computer, one can get easily distracted by their mobile phones with constant message alerts from WhatsApp. That could be a thing of a past as WhatsApp appears to be working on a web based WhatsApp app, making it possible to read and reply to chat messages on your desktop computer.
According to the source, it could be called simply as WhatsApp Web. A quick check at http://web.whatsapp.com shows that it has been password protected but strangely with Google’s authentication. This is quite surprising considering WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook.
So how is a web version possible since WhatsApp identifies you solely by your mobile number without passwords? Apparently it uses QR code where you’ll need to scan it from the WhatsApp web screen using your mobile phone. So far there’s no word on its exact availability and this is definitely a must have feature for the office folks.