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WhatsApp could offer cross-platform file sharing feature

By Shawn Tan - on 24 Jan 2024, 7:45am

WhatsApp could offer cross-platform file sharing feature

With a two-billion user base worldwide, WhatsApp might finally enable cross-platform file sharing in a future update.

WhatsApp is working on a new feature that might enable cross-platform file sharing for its two-billion user base.

WABetaInfo spotted a new feature in a beta version of the Android app that allows users to share files with people nearby. Based on the above screenshots, the file-sharing feature requires two users to shake their devices to prompt a share request.

To protect the privacy of users, the phone numbers of the two users will be hidden from other people nearby. It goes without saying that the file-sharing process is also end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp has been making strides to improve the file-sharing capabilities of its app. It recently let iPhone users send photos and videos in their original quality, and it increased the file-sharing limit to 2GB.

But perhaps more importantly, this feature would offer a way for iOS and Android users to quickly send files to each other. There is currently no quick and reliable third-party app or service that allows cross-platform file sharing between iOS and Android. iOS' AirDrop works only for Apple devices, while Google's Quick Share is supported on Android. Samsung has its QuickShare feature. This new feature by WhatsApp could bridge this gap.

Source: WABetaInfo

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