WhatsApp is set to soon join the likes of rival messaging apps like Telegram with one feature we’ve been highly requesting for years on end by its over 2 billion users worldwide. The Facebook-owned chat app will add support for using your WhatsApp account/number on multiple devices simultaneously while taking all the security and privacy precautions.
According to WABetaInfo, when your account is accessed on a non-primary device, you will get a security notification to keep you and your messages secure. This feature will come handy for those who use two devices such as phone and a tablet thus letting you switch your WhatsApp chats seamlessly.
When someone adds a new device in his WhatsApp account, you will be notified because encryption keys change.
Available in future for iOS and Android! pic.twitter.com/WqrM6cRHWW
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WhatsApp will also bring self-destructing feature for messages in a future update that will have users send a message that disappears forever once a period of time predetermined by the user.
These new features are currently being tested in the WhatsApp beta app.
WhatsApp has been on a roll lately. The app recently added dark mode to its app. They’ve partnered with the Kenyan government to share COVID-19 facts via the app to counter the misinformation that is present on the platform. The chatbot will also provide information like coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the country, advice on staying at home, travel advisory and myth-busting.
This service is strikingly similar to the WhatsApp automated chatbot that the World Health Organization (WHO) had made in collaboration with Facebook. The WHO WhatsApp chatbot gives information about the current outbreak of the coronavirus similar to what Facebook is doing with the one they have partnered with the Ministry of Health.