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WhatsApp makes a move to PC

January 23, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West Africa

Whatsapp webPopular messaging service “WhatsApp” has made its way to PC browsers across the African continent. The reveal was made public by the firm’s CEO Jan Koum – on the company’s Facebook page.

Loum stated that: “Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser. 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 will still be available live on your phone.”

According to the development team at WhatApps, “To connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client, simply open the link in your Google Chrome browser. You will then see a QR code – scan the code inside of WhatsApp, and you’re ready to go. You have now paired WhatsApp on your phone with the WhatsApp web client. Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.”

WhatsApp Web

In addition to the limitations placed on Apple device, WhatsApp on PC will only work if you have a Google Chrome browser installed. To add to this, as stated above, your Android powered device will also need to be connected to the internet in order to run the service on both platforms.

This is a big step forward when it comes to social media and messaging services; however, less limitations would be more beneficial to the everyday consumer.

During the course of this week, a new WhatsApp scam service went on a warpath across South Africa. Liron Segev, a South Africa based IT consultant, revealed that the latest WhatsApp scam – which essentially alerts users (Via SMS) that their WhatsApp application needs to be updated. According to Segev, applications should only be updated via the update application which has been pre-installed on a device.

Darryl Linington

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