WhatsApp is a very popular messaging application with over one billion active users spread across Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and some Nokia devices, but the only way desktop users could access their accounts was by using the Web client and scanning a QR code appearing on the computer screen, with their mobile devices. It seems that WhatsApp is thinking about extending this application to Windows and Mac OS X, but the company hasn’t confirmed this information.
WABetaInfo, a Twitter account where users find news about the latest WhatsApp builds, has posted some screenshots of the download page containing fields with these two indications: “Download for Mac OS X” and “Download for Windows.”
The screenshots look legitimate, although WhatsApp hasn’t commented anything yet on this subject. But, if the application will finally come to Desktop PCs, the user base will expand rapidly, considering that there are billions of laptop users who are logging into their accounts using the web client. We don’t know how users will register to WhatsApp if they don’t provide a mobile number, or if the native WhatsApp client for Windows desktop will be a universal application, but soon, we’ll find out more details.
On the other hand, in the past weeks, developers have been busy, working on new features and they will bring even more in the coming weeks. Android and iOS are expected to get a “Call Back” option that will inform users if they have a missed call and they will be able to dial back without needing to open the application. Other additions will be “Record Voice Mail” and “Send Voice Mail” buttons and they do exactly what their names suggest.
Most likely, ZIP sharing will be introduced in the upcoming update and it will allow users to compress files and reduce data usage. Unfortunately, there’s still no news about the video calling feature that everyone’s talking about. However, we remind you that recently, the developers have added end-to-end encryption to messages, for a better protection.
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