WhatsApp, the popular chat app, released its official web version recently and is now getting mixed response from the mass. WhatsApp, the king of instant messaging, who eliminated the need to pay for each text message you send, is now intending to gain something from this web version. In this article, we discuss about the pros and cons of the first WhatsApp web version.
WhatsApp web 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 live on your phone.
Basically, we don’t see much advantage for this, compared to the handy-mobile version.
=> But, the sole purpose of bringing WhatsApp Web is to address the issue of limiting the users to the smaller mobile screen when they are sitting next to their desktops or a laptops with a bigger screen and a dedicated physical keyboard. This will surely cool down some of the frustrated users which, for this reason have switched to other cross-platform messaging apps which are available for desktops as well.
=> Requires the phone to be constantly connected to the internet: After pairing your smartphone with WhatsApp’s web client through a QR code image, you’ll be able to send and receive messages through your browser. But what if your phone loses the data connection or runs out of charge? Sadly, the WhatsApp web version will also go offline. Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for the web client to work.
=> You can’t create and leave groups: While you can send and receive messages from groups you’re a part of, the WhatsApp web client doesn’t let you create new groups or leave existing ones. You also can’t send broadcast messages via the web client.
=> Doesn’t support browsers other than Google Chrome: WhatsApp’s web interface only supports Google Chrome. So if you use Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, you’re out of luck.
=>It doesn’t support iPhone: WhatsApp on the web works only with Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows phones, not iOS. WhatsApp says this is due to “Apple platform limitations“.
=> You can’t block users: To block users, you still need to go to the WhatsApp mobile app.
=>Cannot forward messages: The web version as of now is unable to forward messages, videos or pictures, but copy paste can be done.