WhatsApp has been spotted developing new apps for Windows and macOS users.
WhatsApp seems to be working hard to improve the chat app experience across all platforms. After working on its multi-device functionality as part of its linked devices option, the Meta-owned company is now reportedly developing dedicated apps for various platforms including macOS and the Universal Windows Platform or UWP.
According to a new report from WABetaInfothe new apps feature user interface (UI) improvements over the existing WhatsApp desktop versions.
The WhatsApp desktop app can be seen in action on a Windows 11 platform in an image shared by Twitter user ALumia_Italia. The image shows a refreshed and much cleaner interface for WhatsApp on Windows 11. This comes with simpler icons and placement of features from what is seen on the web version of WhatsApp for desktop computers.
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The chat section on the left, for example, has fewer options than WhatsApp Web. this keeps the app centered and very simple to look at and use. The chat window is more or less the same, although there is one major difference. As seen in the WhatsApp UWP preview image, the new app will allow users to make voice and video calls directly through their computer.
This will be a big addition to the functionality of WhatsApp as it currently stands for desktop computers. There is also a feedback option at the bottom left of the app, although it should only be there for the beta version of the app. The beta version is listed right next to the WhatsApp branding at the top left of the app, as seen in the image.
We can expect similar functionality from the WhatsApp app created for macOS. WABetaInfo reports that the apps are designed for macOS Catalyst and UWP. Both platforms allow developers to create apps for multiple devices. macOS Catalyst, for example, can be used to build apps for iOS and macOS, while UWP apps can run on Windows 10+ as well as Xbox.
Although WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone apps for instant messaging, its lack of an iPad app is still a real downside. This is clearly something that will eventually be fixed, and using this app as the basis for a Mac app should also help in terms of development time in WhatsApp.