Published On: Sat, Jan 24th, 2015

WhatsApp Finally Available on Web Browsers, but Not for iPhone Users

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The world’s most popular chatting application, WhatsApp, is now available on desktop computers as well as phones, the Daily Mail said.

The firm launched a much-rumored web version of its service linked to the mobile app, but admitted it would not work with Apple’s iPhone, the report said.

The app was acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion, the Mail said.

“Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser, the firm said in a blog post, the report said.

WhatsApp, which claims some 700 million monthly active users, said its Web service will be a ‘mirror’ and would require an Internet-connected phone to work, according to the Mail.

“Our Web client is simply an extension of your phone: the Web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device. This means all of your messages still live on your phone, ‘ WhatsApp said in the post.

The new messaging service currently only works with Google’s Chrome browser and will not be available to iPhone users ‘due to Apple platform limitations, according to WhatsApp, the Mail said.

Facebook in October completed its buy of WhatsApp in a stock-and-cash deal. The acquisition highlighted the stunning growth of mobile messaging but also prompted analyst questions on the price paid by Facebook and future plans for the service, the report said.



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