WhatsApp Web Now Works on Firefox and Opera Browsers
WhatsApp created a lot of buzz last month with the launch of WhatsApp Web that brought the popular messaging service to desktops. The service however was initially compatible with just Google Chrome.
The company has now finally added two more browsers – Firefox and Opera – that support WhatsApp Web client. WhatsApp confirmed the news via a tweet on Wednesday and said, “WhatsApp Web: https://web.whatsapp.com-Firefox and Opera browsers are now supported!”
Much like Google Chrome, users who want to use WhatsApp Web have to scan a QR code on the desktop screen via the WhatsApp app on the mobile. For the uninitiated, the WhatsApp Web works only with the latest version of WhatsApp on Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry. The company is yet to launch a Web interface for iOS users.
WhatsApp earlier this week started rolling out voice calling feature to more people via an app update. The company however is yet to make an official announcement regarding the feature and there was no mention of it in release notes on Google Play either.
To recall, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum last month announced that the popular messaging service had hit 700 million monthly active users, adding 100 million in the last four months. He also claimed that users were sending over 30 billion messages – every single day.
If WhatsApp continues to grow at this rate, it is likely to hit 1 billion users in just one year, and with features such as voice calling and end-to-end encryption continuing to roll out, the messaging app has managed to remain relevant even in the face of competition from an increasing number of other chat apps, such as Hike, Line and WeChat.