Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Whatsapp CEO Will Cathcart gave exclusive insights into the future of the chat app. Whatsapp should soon run on more than one device and images should only be able to be opened once if desired.
During an exclusive chat interview with the Whatsapp expert platform, Wabetainfo.com Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Whatsapp CEO Will Cathcart have confirmed various new functions that will soon be available in the chat app. “We wanted to officially confirm a few things that should be published very soon,” said Cathcart in Whatsapp chat.
Zuckerberg also talks about his vision that he had a few years ago and in which he dreamed of a private, social platform in which people would be able to have private interactions with other people. “That is why it was important to us from the start with WhatsApp that messages are encrypted end-to-end and disappear when you no longer need them.” Whatsapp was the first globally used app to introduce end-to-end encryption, and in recent months the function has also been activated so that messages automatically disappear after a certain period of time.
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Now the company wants to go one step further. “We are now on the verge of introducing a new function that allows the recipient to view a message only once. The content then disappears again, ”explains Zuckerberg.
So Whatsapp should become even more secure and private. The users should see the feature soon. This makes it possible to send pictures and videos similar to platforms such as Snapchat, which the recipient can only open for a short time or even only once.
Multiple devices at once
A second question that Wabetainfo.com has long been concerned with is whether Whatsapp can be used on more than just one device at the same time in the future. Zuckerberg answered this, too, with: “Yes – that too is coming soon!”
Specifically, it is about being able to use WhatsApp on more than one device without the need for the main device that can connect to the Internet. So far, Whatsapp can only be used on a mobile device. Anyone who uses the web version of WhatsApp is still dependent on a mobile device that is available and connected to the network.
“It is a major technical challenge to synchronize all messages and content between devices, even if the cell phone battery dies. But we have mastered it and are looking forward to being able to present the function soon, ”says Zuckerberg. In fact, Cathcart confirms that users can test the function in the beta version of Whatsapp within the next two months.
Whatsapp on the tablet
A question that keeps coming up in the Wabetainfo community is the desire for an iPad version of Whatsapp. Cathcart can also respond positively to this: “The fact that WhatsApp will soon be usable on several devices at the same time makes it possible for us to also build a solution for iPads.” The Whatsapp CEO has not yet revealed whether there are already specific plans. On the other hand, he can confirm that in the future it should be possible for users to use WhatsApp on up to four devices at the same time.
In recent months, Whatsapp has made more headlines due to new terms and conditions that came into force around three weeks ago. It stipulates that Whatsapp can share information from conversations with business accounts with the parent company Facebook. After a great deal of excitement in the Whatsapp user base, the company announced around a week ago that users who do not agree to the new terms and conditions will not face any consequences for the time being.