Will WhatsApp Web be axed after multi-device support is launched?
WhatsApp recently announced that it would bring multi-device support so users can send and receive messages independently from up to four devices. However, this move has cast uncertainties about the future of WhatsApp Web. Answering a query from TechRadar, a spokesperson for the Facebook-owned messaging platform clarified that WhatsApp Web is here to stay, at least for now. Here are more details.
WhatsApp Web remains an important platform for our users: WhatsApp
WhatsApp Web mirrors WhatsApp's mobile app, thereby requiring your smartphone to be connected to the internet to work. On the other hand, multi-device support directly connects each device to WhatsApp's servers. Since multi-device support is more advanced and convenient, WhatsApp could conveniently shut WhatsApp Web down. However, a WhatsApp spokesperson said, "WhatsApp web remains an important platform for our users."
WhatsApp could add support for more devices over time
We previously reported that multi-device support provisions for only one smartphone. This could be a deal-breaker for some. Thankfully, WhatsApp appears to have plans to change this soon. The spokesperson added, "Our multi-device capability immediately makes the experience better for people who use Desktop/Web and (Facebook) Portal. And it also will make it possible to add support for more kinds of devices over time."
WhatsApp Web shouldn't be axed until multi-device support catches on
We believe that the Facebook-owned messaging service won't do away with WhatsApp Web until users are familiar with using the multi-device feature. Moreover, it would be irrational for WhatsApp to do away with the Web interface without first gauging public sentiment towards multi-device support. Recently, WhatsApp also enabled voice and video calling features for the desktop app.