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WhatsApp: Web Browsers Can Now Use Texting App on Desktop Computers

By    |   Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 01:53 PM

WhatsApp, the popular mobile texting app, is now available on desktop web browsers.

In a company blog post made Wednesday, WhatsApp explained that users of the app that have an Android, BlackBerry, Windows, or Nokia smartphone would be able to log in to their accounts via laptops and desktop computers. It said that those on Apple devices like the iPhone would not be able to use the new service "due to Apple platform limitations."

According to The Telegraph U.K., of WhatsApp's whopping 700 million monthly active users, more than 500 million are on Android.

WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion last February, and has more users than Instagram and Twitter combined. Instagram, acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012, has more than 300 million active users, while Twitter stands at 284 million. Facebook has 1.3 billion users.

The text messaging app, which sends messages via the Internet, has eclipsed traditional SMS text messaging in global popularity. About 30 billion messages are sent on WhatsApp each day, whereas only 20 billion are sent via SMS.

The service is especially popular in places like Europe, where SMS messages can be many times more expensive than sending a message by Internet. It is also popular for features like read receipts, which show if a message recipient has received and read the message sent to them.

The new web-browser feature is accessible at Web.WhatsApp.com, and is sure to be popular among those who prefer typing on a traditional keyboard over the small digital buttons on a smartphone.

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