According to a statement from WhatsApp, the company will introduce its long-rumored multi-device support in the coming months. The feature will allow users to access their accounts from multiple devices at once.
As part of the announcement, users were also able to choose between viewing once or disappearing entirely. This news emerged from an interview between WABetaInfo and Mark Zuckerberg and Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp’s Chathcart refused to confirm rumors that an iPad app is in development, but he did say the iPad app could be made possible with multi-device support.
Zuckerberg confirmed that WhatsApp is adding a new “view once” feature, which will allow users to send content that will disappear after being viewed.
Another feature of the service is the disappearing messages option, which disables messages from being retrieved after a defined period of time. You will be able to switch on disappearing messages in the future across all chat threads via a new “disappearing mode.”
WhatsApp‘s end-to-end encryption will not be impacted by the new feature, which Facebook’s CEO confirmed. The data will still be encrypted from end to end,”
According to Zuckerberg. “Getting all of your messages and content to sync properly even when your phone battery dies has been a big technical challenge, but we’ve figured it out and we’re looking forward to releasing it soon!”WhatsApp soon will allow users
According to Cathcart, multi-device support will enter public beta “in the next month or two.” WhatsApp did not confirm when the “view once” and “disappearing mode” features will be released.
Additionally to this multi-device functionality, WABetaInfo reported WhatsApp is also working on a secure encryption backup feature that could make it possible for users to transfer their chat history between iOS and Android devices.
The WABetaInfo team has previously discovered a number of features, including QR code-based contact import, Snapchat’s disappearing messages, and other features before their official release.