Facebook has announced the start of testing the full-fledged work of the WhatsApp messenger simultaneously on multiple devices. In an official post, Facebook admits that users have been asking for this feature for years.
We have previously reported on the noticed innovation in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android. Now testing has been officially launched, and most importantly, not only users of the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, but also the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS can join.
You can use up to four auxiliary devices at the same time, but only one phone can be connected to your WhatsApp account, and if the phone is not used for more than 14 days, then the associated devices will be disconnected.
As noted by Facebook, the feature is undergoing “limited” testing so far. To join on Android or iPhone, you need to open the menu “Other options” / “Settings”, select “Linked devices” and click on the item “Beta version for multiple devices”. The option is available in the most recent beta version of WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business for Android and iOS, and it is also not available in all countries. As the developers promise, further testing will be launched all over the world.
The following features are not currently supported in the multi-device beta version of WhatsApp:
- Viewing geodata on assistive devices.
- Pin chats on WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp for computers.
- View and reset group invitations from WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp for computers, as well as join a group by such an invitation. To do this, you need to use your phone.
- You cannot make calls or send messages to contacts using an outdated version of WhatsApp on your phone from your connected devices.
- Making calls via WhatsApp to Portal or WhatsApp for computers to linked devices that do not have the multi-device beta installed.
- Other WhatsApp accounts on your Portal device will only work if they have a multi-device beta installed.
- WhatsApp Business users will not be able to change their company name or shortcuts from WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp for computers.
Recall that now the messenger is rigidly tied to a specific device and phone number – instead of using login and password authorization, this would allow the messenger to be launched on any device at the same time.
Since the launch of the messenger in 2009, WhatsApp users have dreamed of the appearance of true support for working from multiple devices. Synchronization between devices with the simultaneous operation of WhatsApp is simply not provided. Currently, WhatsApp only allows one device to connect to an account. Even the desktop version of WhatsApp can only work in conjunction with a running application on a smartphone, “mirroring” it.
WhatsApp users will be banned from taking screenshots of files for one-time viewing
WhatsApp developers are working on a new feature that will prevent users from taking screenshots and capturing video from the screen when opening files for a one-time view. The innovation has already been implemented in the beta version of the messenger for Android.
So, in the future mobile version of WhatsApp, users will be notified before sending a file with a single view that the recipient will be able to open the photo or video only once and will not be able to resend it to anyone, save it, copy it or take a screenshot. There are no such notifications or warnings in the current version of WhatsApp. True, at the same time, nothing prevents the recipient from recording a video or photographing content on another smartphone.
Recall that recently the release of a full-fledged WhatsApp client for desktop PCs and laptops running Windows took place.
Xiaomi will stop developing MIUI for eight smartphones. Among them are Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi 10X and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
Xiaomi today announced that it will stop working on beta firmware versions for nine of its smartphones from October 31 this year: Xiaomi 10 Ultra, Redmi K30S Extreme Commemorative Edition, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi Note 9 4G, Redmi 10X, Redmi 10X Pro , Redmi K30 5G Extreme Edition and Redmi Note 9.
Naturally, this does not mean at all that all these models will immediately stop receiving software updates – fresh firmware for them will continue to be released for a long time, as beta versions are transferred to the release (final) status. However, we can already say that these models will not receive anything fresher than MIUI 13 (MIUI 14 will not be released until November).
Xiaomi also announced the recruitment of participants in the Android 13 beta testing group for the Redmi K50 Gaming Edition gaming smartphone – the test will be launched before the end of this month.
Xiaomi sets records: the number of MIUI users has reached 547 million
Today, Xiaomi released its financial report for the second quarter of 2022. Among other things, it provides interesting statistics on the proprietary MIUI shell.
According to Xiaomi, the total number of monthly active users in the second quarter successfully broke the record, reaching 547 million. The statistics take into account users from all over the world, not just in China.
If we take into account only China, then in July the number of monthly active users reached 140.2 million, also a new record high.
In total, there were 17.8 million new MIUI users worldwide and 4.6 million in China in the second quarter.
Recall that in November 2021, Xiaomi announced the overcoming of MIUI milestone of 500 million worldwide.
The official debut of MIUI took place in the summer of 2010, in August. The history of MIUI began with hundreds of beta testers. And five years later, in 2015, the number of users exceeded 100 million. Then growth began to accelerate. The company reported 200 million users in 2018 and 300 million in 2019. As of January 2021, the number of MIUI users worldwide has exceeded 400 million.
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