Whatsapp has finally come to our desktops, unless you’re on an iPhone.
In a Whatsapp blogpost, our favourite chat app announced that it has finally made it onto our computers, making sure that we will definitely, always be on Whatsapp.
It read, “Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone.”
Downloading the app is supposedly, relatively simple. All you have to do is to go to https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser, and scan the QR code that appears within the Whatsapp app.
However, there are some glaring limitations to this update. Firstly, you need to have Google Chrome to download it. Secondly, the app isn’t available for iOS users, due to “Apple platform limitations”. There isn’t any word on when this will be addressed, though it’s painful to see that it is available on pretty much every other platform. Ouch.
This isn’t a new concept: in fact, Whatsapp is a little late in the game when it comes to creating web clients. Competitors like Line, WeChat, and KakaoTalk have long been offering web clients to their users, and they have been one of the main attractions brought up by their fans.
Despite this slow uptake, Whatsapp is still a favourite in this part of the world. Whatsapp also recently won Chat App Of The Year for Vulcan Post’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards, beating other popular chat apps by a wide margin. So even if Whatsapp has taken this long to make it to our desktops — and there is still waiting left for the rest of us iOS users — we probably wouldn’t mind.