Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announces an interesting tool that features its instant messaging media, WhatsApp messenger. This new feature enables users to connect to multiple devices with a single account while they are simultaneously active.
WhatsApp messenger has gained relevance overtime, with interesting media tools that have bolstered its services to attain more than 2 billion active users daily.
Zuckerberg also disclosed its developers are working on more tweaks to smoothen its instant messaging media — extra options will be included to make ‘disappearing messages’ more flexible..
According to Zuckerberg’s outlined challenges, it has been technical “to get all your messages and content to sync properly across devices even when your phone battery dies, but we’ve solved this and we’re looking forward to getting it out soon!”
Aside from technical challenges, WhatsApp is designed to tie a device for an account while users have reportedly owned several devices which require multiple accounts suiting multiple devices.
This multiple device supports is expected to ascertain the number of users that prefer a single account while active across other devices, and the number of active user will be defined as well, WaBetainfo writes.
Conforming to Facebook’s top-level management, and Will Cathcart who directs WhatsApp affairs, the instant messaging media will soon be able to support multiple connected devices on a single account. Cathcart then confirmed a maximum of four autonomous devices can be tied to a single account.
While WhatsApp prepares to connect up to four devices simultaneously, the instant messaging media is also tweaking its ‘disappearing mode’ that features a countdown tool that deletes messages after the set time elapsed.
Once disappearing mode is active, messages will be erased after seven days as the default time. Will Cathcart also noted that disappearing mode will be tweaked to delete media files immediately such as images and videos after a view.
The added option to this feature allows users to erased either images or videos after it has been viewed. “We are also about to start rolling out ‘view once,’ so you can send content and have it disappear after the person sees it,” Zuckerberg added.
Both Zuckerberg and Cathcart have been working as a pair to elevate the instant messaging media — they also revealed that disappearing mode will be enabled for all active chats across WhatsApp.
It worth noting that these features announced today will be released in a month or two from now. Alongside custom-design instant messaging for other devices such as iPads.