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WhatsApp Tests Multidevice Feature

WhatsApp Tests Multidevice Feature

Tuesday, 20 July, 2021 - 06:00
Key chains with the logo of WhatsApp, Kolkata, India, Oct. 9, 2018. (Reuters)

WhatsApp is rolling out a limited public beta test for its updated multidevice feature, according to the German news agency.


The Facebook subsidiary plans “to initially test the experience with a small group of users from our existing beta program,” according to a post on Facebook’s engineering website.


With the beta, first teased in June, users will be able to use WhatsApp on a phone and up to four linked companion devices simultaneously, even if their phone battery dies. Each device connects to a user’s WhatsApp account independently and maintains end-to-end encryption.


Facebook says it developed new technology in order to maintain end-to-end encryption while also syncing data like contact names and chat archives across devices.


The current WhatsApp experience, before this beta, uses a phone as the primary device and has companion devices, such as PCs, that mirror the phone’s contents with their user interfaces. Because they rely on a phone to operate, companion devices are slower and frequently get disconnected.


“The new WhatsApp multi-device architecture removes these hurdles, no longer requiring a smartphone to be the source of truth while still keeping user data seamlessly and securely synchronized and private,” the CNET website reported based on the company’s post.


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