About a month ago, we reported that thanks to code sightings found within the WhatsApp Android beta, it was hinted that the company was working on a web client that would basically allow users to chat directly from the web to their contacts, much like Facebook Messenger allows users to chat from Facebook’s website and on their phone at the same time.
If you were wondering what that might be like, wonder no more because it looks like the WhatsApp web client has been officially launched. For those who want to check it out, all you’d have to do is head on over to the WhatsApp website and you will be able to start chatting with your contacts once you scan the QR code on the website that will basically verify your account.
Unfortunately for iOS users, the web client seems to work for just about every smartphone platform at the moment, including Nokia’s S60, except for iOS. According to WhatsApp, this is apparently due to iOS’ platform limitations that is preventing them from offering this service to iOS users, but hopefully they’ll figure a way around it soon. We should also note that the web client works only in Google Chrome.
In the meantime based on the UI, it looks like a blown up version of the mobile version of WhatsApp. Perhaps the developers will tweak and refine the UI further down the road, but for now this is pretty much it. As TechCrunch points out, should your phone die because you turn it off or its battery runs low, your connection to the web client will go offline as well which is a little weird.