WhatsApp to be used on ‘non-phone’ devices




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-owned messaging service WhatsApp has announced the a aimed at freeing its users smartphones.

In a blog post Wednesday, engineers said the new feature would allow for the hugely popular service be used multiple “non-” devices without needing to connect to the smartphone app.

“With this new capability, you can now use WhatsApp your and up to four other non- devices simultaneously – even if your battery is dead,” the blog post said.

Since its in 2009 as a smartphone messaging app, WhatsApp has amassed more than two billion users around the world and been acquired by .

WhatsApp can already be used “companion devices,” such as computers, but exchanges are routed in such a way that if a person’ smartphone is offline or has zero battery, it won’t work.

Other issues can arise as well, such as frequent disconnection.


“The new WhatsApp multi-device architecture removes these hurdles” by no longer requiring a smartphone to perform every , the said.

The new capability will be expanded more broadly as it is refined, Facebook added.

It also made assurances that WhatsApp’ measures will work under the new system.

“Each companion device will connect to your WhatsApp independently while maintaining the same level privacy and end-to-end encryption that people who use WhatsApp have come to expect.”

(AFP)