WhatsApp hammer! Mark Zuckerberg confirms two new roles
Reports about possible multi-device use for the WhatsApp messenger have been around for a long time. Now WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have finally confirmed them. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON reveals exactly what that means.
So far, WhatsApp can only be used on a mobile device. As soon as the service is activated on another smartphone or tablet, the previous one is automatically logged out. The only way to use the account on multiple devices at the same time was previously via WhatsApp Web. However, it was not convenient. But that should change soon: WhatsApp is getting the long-awaited multi-device option.
WhatsApp can soon be used on up to four devices at the same time
In an interview with the well-known blog ” WABetaInfo “, Zuckerberg and Cathcart confirmed the imminent introduction of multi-device use on WhatsApp. The function should be ready for testing as part of a public beta in the next two months. As WhatsApp boss Cathcart further explains, a WhatsApp app for the iPad could finally come – Apple users in particular have been waiting for it for a long time. Thanks to the multi-device use, WhatsApp should be able to be used on up to four devices in parallel.
Mark Zuckerberg justifies the long wait for the function with the “great technical challenges of synchronizing all messages and content”. He means end-to-end encryption for WhatsApp chats. Here, the messenger encrypts sent messages, which are only automatically decrypted again at the recipient. They only remain on WhatsApp’s servers for a very short time – and this is precisely where the difficulty lay in synchronizing different devices. Zuckerberg does not reveal exactly how WhatsApp solved the problem in the end. However, he emphasizes that chats are still end-to-end encrypted.
Self-erasing messages are coming
Self-erasing messages were also part of the conversation between WABetaInfo and the two tech heads. WhatsApp already introduced the function for beta testers in public chats in spring 2020 . Like multi-device use, self-erasing messages have long been standard with some WhatsApp competitors. Now the messenger would like to officially follow suit for all of its users.
As in the beta, you will probably be able to adjust how long a message is visible. Downtimes of an hour, a day, a week, a month or a year should be available for selection. After the selected timer has expired, the messages will automatically disappear from the chat.
Another new option called “Take a look” is also planned, the rollout of which will start soon. The recipient of a message can only open and view the image or film it contains once before it automatically disappears from the chat.
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Overall, Cathcart and Zuckerberg have confirmed some exciting innovations for WhatsApp with the use of multiple devices and the self-deleting messages. They should be available in the coming months. As always, TECHBOOK will inform you about the available updates.