Whatsapp for the web reportedly in the works

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Facebook-owned Whatsapp appears to be working on a web-based version. A number of strings were found in the Android version of the app that point to a web-based Whatsapp. However, since Whatsapp doesn't use accounts, and is instead tied to a phone number, there is the issue of authentication. It appears that Whatsapp on the web may solve this with QR codes.

From Android World:

However, we found evidence that WhatsApp a QR code is used for the link. On the screen of the computer, in the browser, then a 2D barcode as below, can be seen. This QR code scanner was a long time present in the WhatsApp application but has recently expanded considerably.

Whatsapp themselves have remained quite on the possibility of a web client. The strings in the Android app pointing to a web version of Whatsapp have been removed from the latest version, and it appears that, while still possibly being developed, Whatsapp on the web is still a long way off.

Source: Android World

  • Oh dear!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This whole article can be summarised as "Whatsapp might get a web interface one day, but then again maybe not". Slow news day, folks?
  • Not to be a grammer Nazi, but I think you meant quiet. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, for a moment I was thinking, "quite what?" Posted via Android Central App And I think you meant grammar.
  • I just want it on my tablet. Would be nice to leave my phone on charge and still reply etc on my tablet. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seems like Telegram founder's prediction is accurate: https://medium.com/@durov/how-to-predict-whatsapp-features-4c7d84d6c524
  • So how would a QR CODE replace a phone number? Wouldn't the QR CODE need to be exclusive to each PC? What if you got a hold of someone else's QR CODE, could you read their messages?