WhatsApp is currently one of the most popular mobile messaging apps. It’s available in almost every platform including Blackberry, Nokia Symbian, and Nokia S40, and it has reached a total of one billion users in February. It also has a web interface that mirrors the mobile app and allows users to smoothly switch between their smartphones and PC.
But the Facebook-owned company doesn’t seem to be contented to stop there. According to rumors, WhatsApp is developing a native client that will run smoothly on Windows and Mac OS X computers. These rumors stem from a post by Twitter user WABetaInfo, which tracks the latest features from WhatsApp’s apps for various platforms. The post contained screenshots that apparently were from the WhatsApp translation page and showed phrases such as “Download for Mac OS X”, “Download for Windows”, and “Mac or Windows PC”.
Users may wonder why the company has decided to do this considering that they already have the web interface in place, but creating dedicated native clients for Windows and Mac OS X isn’t exactly a far-fetched idea for WhatsApp. In fact, with the company’s dedication to create an app for almost every mobile OS, it makes sense to make apps for two of the most popular and widely used desktop operating systems.
WhatsApp hasn’t released any official statement about these screenshots as of this writing, so we don’t really have any information about the features that these desktop native clients would contain and when (or if) they would be released. It’s highly possible that WhatsApp is just toying around with this idea and may not actually be creating desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS X. it’s also possible that the company is developing these native clients and is just keeping everything under wraps until it’s ready to release them to the public.
If WhatsApp does push through with creating Windows and Mac OS X native clients, it would definitely be a welcome treat to the millions of WhatsApp users around the world. This is particularly true for those who are using Blackberry, Nokia Symbian, Nokia S40, Windows Phone 7.1, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 phones, which will no longer be supported by WhatsApp by the end of the year. With the WhatsApp desktop apps, they can continue using the popular messaging app to keep in touch with their loved ones while they decide whether they’ll buy a new phone or not and which make and model they’d get.
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