It's been over two years since the first convincing report that a WhatsApp iPad app is in the works surfaced, but the company has officially confirmed that it will be released in the coming months.
An interview with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, and Will Cathcart, CEO of WhatsApp, verified claims of a vanishing messages feature...
WABetaInfo was offered a WhatsApp interview with Cathcart and was astonished to see Zuckerberg join the conversation.
But then something unexpected happened... Mark Zuckerberg jumps into the group conversation to confirm a few details!
The site has already given us a sneak peek at an impending Disappearing Mode feature, but Zuckerberg now claims it's coming soon.
So, a few years ago, I wrote a long message about our plans to develop a private social network. It's all based on private messaging being the most crucial form of communication. So, as a basis, we believe that communication should be end-to-end encrypted and that if they aren't needed, they should be deleted.
WhatsApp was the first worldwide messaging network to implement end-to-end encryption, and we're now striving to expand our vanishing message capabilities internationally.
We've previously made it possible to enable vanishing messages in any chat thread. We're set to launch "vanishing mode," which switches on disappearing messages in all of your threads, thereby making your WhatsApp experience ephemeral.
We're also preparing to launch "view once," which will allow you to transfer material and have it disappear after the recipient has seen it.
When WABetaInfo questioned multi-device functionality, which would be required to deliver a real native WhatsApp iPad app, Zuckerberg stated it will be available "soon."
Q: What about multi-device support?
A: And certainly, this will happen as well!
Q: So you're saying I can use the same WhatsApp account on numerous devices without having to have my primary device connected to the internet?
A: Yes, that's correct. It's been a major technical problem to get all of your messages and information to sync properly across devices even when your phone battery dies, but we've figured it out and are excited to release it shortly!
There is now an official Mac client and third-party iPad apps available, however, both are effectively wrappers for the online service, which relies on your iPhone running the main program.
Will Cathcart, WhatsApp's CEO, and Mark Zuckerberg both confirm Disappearing Mode and other upcoming features.
WhatsApp has announced the launch of a number of new features on its platform. There's a new Disappearing Mode, a new View Once function, and multi-device compatibility, among other things. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, and Will Cathcart, the CEO of WhatsApp, both acknowledged these functionalities. They revealed this information in a one-of-a-kind WhatsApp conversation with a well-known features tracker. Cathcart also expressed optimism about the future of iOS beta sign-ups and iPad support.
WABetaInfo, a popular WhatsApp feature tracker, was invited to an exclusive group conversation with Cathcart and Zuckerberg. In the discussion, the two execs revealed that a new Disappearing Mode feature will be released shortly. This will enable vanishing messages for all future chats by default, making the WhatsApp experience more fleeting. Users may now activate Disappearing Messages in specific groups and chats, but Disappearing Mode will make it available across all conversations and groups in the app.
Another feature revealed by Zuckerberg during the talk is 'View Once,' which allows users to transfer material and have it disappear once the recipient views it. When this option is selected, the receiver can only open photographs and videos once before they are removed from the conversation.
Multi-device functionality was also confirmed by Zuckerberg and Cathcart, who also stated that public beta testing will begin in a month or two. The feature took a long time to build because of many hurdles, according to Zuckerberg. “It's been a significant technological struggle to get all your communications and material to sync,” he added. However, the firm claims that all difficulties have been resolved and that users will soon be able to utilize the same WhatsApp account across different devices without having to log out of any of them.
Cathcart went on to say that once multi-device functionality is perfected, WhatsApp would be able to work on iPad support as well. Furthermore, he stated that WhatsApp would explore offering beta sign-ups to more iOS users in the near future, and that multi-device capability will allow users to connect up to four devices simultaneously.
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SOURCE: 9to5mac.com, gadgets.ndtv.com