WhatsApp is reportedly building a desktop app that will work without having your phone nearby as it is with WhatsApp web version. The giant messaging app might be working on a Universal windows Platform(UWP) according to WABetaInfo.
This means that the 1.5 billion active users worldwide will able to access the platform from the desktop similar to other chat apps such as the Telegram desktop app.
Information on when the desktop app will be made available to users is still scarce but hopeful before the year ends or early next year.
And yes, in according to my rumor, UWP + the new multi platform system = you can use WhatsApp UWP on your PC if your phone (Android, iOS or Windows Phone) is off. https://t.co/PgNZTnOxlj
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) July 26, 2019
WhatsApp is also working to add multiplatform support as it plays catch-up with other messaging apps in terms of features. WhatsApp web had one limitation that your phone had to be connected and devices were limited to one at a time.
According to WABetaInfo, the Facebook owned platform is working to bring interoperability between devices, a feature Telegram and Messenger had. The leaker says that this is still a rumor so there’s higher chances that it won’t roll out any time soon or ever.
For this to work, WhatsApp will have to change a couple of things. The platform routes messages through your phone when accessed from the web and the current desktop app for security reasons as they are tied to your phone number and saved on your phone. WhatsApp will have to figure out a way for interoperability to work and still maintaining users privacy and security.
This feature would come in handy if you use multiple devices and would make it easy to text your friends and family from whatever device that’s on you including laptop, desktop or a different phone similar to Telegram.