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WhatsApp users with iPhones will miss out on a new feature coming only to Android devices.
Currently users must input a six-digit text message code to verify their account, but now WhatsApp will call the mobile number of the device before automatically hanging up – verifying that the last phone number in the device’s log is the same as the number that provides the six-digit code.
This could prove a useful feature when WhatsApp adds multi-device login to its app, which could allow for a single account to be used between Android phones and tablets, or iPhones and iPads.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp head Will Cathcart recently announced the feature in an interview, as well as messages that can only be seen once and will disappear after set time limit.
These new features are designed to make WhatsApp more competitive with other apps like Snapchat and Telegram, with latter seeing a huge rise in users following Facebook’s terms and conditions update for its messaging platform.
“Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we currently have no plans to limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update”, a WhatsApp spokesperson said.
“Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook.”