When WhatsApp launched its desktop version last month, it became a phenomenal hit. However, the message service was only compatible with Google Chrome. Now, the company announced that the desktop version also works on Firefox and Opera.
The sign-up process remains the same, which means that users would have to scan a QR code with the mobile app to begin using the Web client. This also means that only users of Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices can produce a scanned QR code since iPhones are not built to have the same scanning capability.
WhatsApp is an instant messaging service that can be used to send texts, images, video and audio media messages. The app has also rolled out the long-awaited voice calling feature. Moreover, users can share their locations using the app's integrated mapping features.
WhatsApp became the most globally popular messaging app in October 2014 when it reached over 600 million active users. In India, it has a user base of over 70 million. It is followed by WeChat in China (468 million active users), Viber (209 million active users) and Line in Japan (170 million active users). In January this year, it reportedly went beyond the 700 million mark of active users.
Previously, TechTimes reported that WhatsApp has banned users of a third-party app known as WhatsApp Plus. Through this app, users can navigate the messaging network with more freedom in customizing their WhatsApp experience.
Facebook, which spent $22 billion in its acquisition of WhatsApp, has dealt with the issue by sending a Cease and Desist order to the makers of WhatsApp Plus.
"The developers of WhatsApp Plus have no relationship to WhatsApp, and we do not support WhatsApp Plus," the company said on its official FAQs page.
TechTimes has also pointed out before that the reason iOS devices cannot access WhatsApp is because of the platform limitations that are set by Apple. However, there is a plan to launch a version that will cater to iOS users, although the time frame is still undetermined.