WhatsApp will now allow users to send and receive messages without having to connect to their smartphones.
The Facebook-owned company recently rolled out an updated multi-device capability for this feature to work.
As of now, WhatsApp can be connected on smartphone and linked to the computer through a QR code but has limitations in functionality as it can quickly disconnect when connection signal is low or battery of the mobile phone in use is low.
However, with the new multi-device feature, though in it beta stage and being rolled out to small group of testers-users, WhatsApp company said in a statement that the application can be used even if one’s battery is dead.
“You can now use WhatsApp on your phone and up to four other non-phone devices simultaneously — even if your phone battery is dead. Each companion device will connect to your WhatsApp independently while maintaining the same level of privacy and security through end-to-end encryption that people who use WhatsApp have come to expect.”
Since the launch of WhatsApp in 2009 as a messaging app for family and friends, the app has gained more than two billion users across the globe.
While this is a good idea and a step in the right direction, what about the issue of security, how will WhatsApp handle the challenge? A concerned user in Lagos, Nigeria asked when interviewed by TechScoops.
Concerning the fear of other people maliciously logging into your WhatsApp by adding your device to their account to see your private conversations, WhatsApp in response to that query said,
“We have extended security codes to now represent the combination of all of someone’s device identities so that anyone and their contact can always verify all the devices they are sending messages to. We also give people additional control and protections over which devices are linked to their account.”