WhatsApp is one of the most used instant messaging apps. Millions of users use the platform daily for personal communication, business, and whatnot. Despite its popularity, WhatsApp remains a messaging app that lacks a lot of features. Even with recent updates and features, the Meta-owned company is still catching up with the likes of Telegram and Facebook Messenger, but it still remains behind those apps when it comes to features.
One of the biggest annoyances of WhatsApp is the inability to use the account with the same phone number on multiple smartphones. Currently, if you log in with your phone number on a new device, the service automatically logs out from the first device and erases all the data. You cannot use the account with the same phone number on two devices simultaneously.
The company does allow you to link your WhatsApp account to up to four additional devices using the Multi-Device feature. But, even using this feature, you can’t link it to a smartphone. You can only link it to the WhatsApp Web service or its desktop apps. The company has been working on multi-device 2.0 to expand the feature’s functionality, which could bring the ability to use the same phone number on two mobile devices simultaneously, but we are yet to see it in action.
On the other hand, apps like Telegram have supported this feature from the start, and you can use the app on any number of smartphones simultaneously. The chats also sync up almost instantly. It now appears that a similar feature might be (finally) headed to WhatsApp for Android and iPhone as the reliable tipster WABetaInfo has shared some details about the feature’s development.
WhatsApp Companion Mode
WABetaInfo claims that WhatsApp is actively developing a Companion Mode behind the scenes. This feature will allow users to link an additional mobile device with their account. Even though this would expand the availability of your WhatsApp account on only one additional mobile device, it would be a great feature for those using a work phone and personal phone simultaneously.
The publication spotted the feature working on WhatsApp beta for Android version 220.127.116.11. The screenshot shared (shown above) shows that Companion Mode would work in a similar fashion to the currently available Multi-Device feature. The chat sync would start once you link a mobile device with your account. An indicator with the label “chat history is syncing” would show up in the chats. Of course, the time taken will depend upon the number (and size) of the conversations.
The report claims that chats are copied securely to the companion device. However, if you log in with a new number on a companion device, WhatsApp will delete all the existing chats, media, and messages from that device for safety and privacy reasons. The chats and messages would still be available on the primary device, though.
WhatsApp Companion Mode: Release Date
The feature has only been spotted on the latest WhatsApp beta for Android (18.104.22.168). Currently, there is no way to manually enable the companion mode on any version of WhatsApp. The report claims that WhatsApp is still developing the feature and it could still be a while before the feature enters beta testing. And only after the public beta testing ends, the feature will be made available on the stable version, so there might be some time before you can use it on your device.
What are your thoughts on WhatsApp Companion Mode? How would you benefit from this feature? Let us know in the comments section below!
Did You Order a Galaxy Z Flip 4 or Galaxy Z Fold 4?
Pre-orders are taking place for the new Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4, and as we always say, there’s never a better time to order one of these phones than during this period. Seriously, you should do it.
If you have taken advantage of Samsung’s crazy-good trade-in values, store credit and free accessories, the last thing we want to know is which model you ended up going with. In 2022, both are very good options, seen as relatively minor upgrades over last year’s models, but still offering top specs, water resistance, improved hinge designs for more compact designs, and improved software.
I have been using the Z Fold 4 for a week now and have really been enjoying the experience. The battery life has been great, the displays are nice, and the cameras appear to be very good.
Which option are you going with?
How Good is Android 13 on Pixel Phones?
The stable Android 13 update has been out since the beginning of the week and that means a couple of days for you to run it and establish first impressions. I’m curious what those are, as the update is somewhat minor in new features, but huge in terms of bug fixes from Android 12.
To recap, Android 13 dropped on Monday for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6a. The update was available immediately if you felt like playing in adb, plus we’ve seen it rollout over-the-air as well to some phones. Tim, for example, says he can pull it yet I can’t on my Pixel 6 Pro. Rude, Google.
We talked about all of the new features in Android 13 that you’ll want to be on the lookout for and then spent a lengthy amount of time looking through the list of 150 bugs that Google fixed. Google says it was able to improve “performance, stability, and reliability,” fixed bugs related to charging and Gboard and touch screen palm detection and so much more. Google even says it addressed fingerprint reader performance on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a.
After browsing through reddit, I can see that a number of folks have been quick to share that their fingerprint reader is indeed faster (Do people really believe this?) and that overall performance and stuttering has improved, especially on older Pixel phones.
What about you? How has Android 13 been running on your Pixel phone this week? Or are you still waiting for it?
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Get Major Approval Ahead of Launch
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro stopped through the FCC this week, marking a big step towards launch that should happen around October, if previous launches are any indicator. The filings don’t reveal much, other than supported network bands and the presence of UWB again, but they do give us model numbers to pin on each phone going forward.
There are four FCC filings of note to dip into under Google’s FCC ID. Those filings give us model numbers of GVU6C, GQML3, GP4BC, and GE2AE. After looking through several of the documents at the FCC, I’m pretty confident in saying that the first two are the Pixel 7 and the last two are the Pixel 7 Pro. The GVU6C Pixel 7 also has an alternate model number of G03Z5 alongside it, as does the Pixel 7 Pro’s GE2AE, where GFE4J can be added to its list.
To recap, we have Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro model numbers as follows:
- PIXEL 7: GVU6C (G03Z5)
- PIXEL 7: GQML3 – mmW
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GP4BC – UWB
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GE2AE (GFE4J) – UWB, mmW
Each phone has all of the proper network bands to work well here in the US, with select models also supporting 5G mmW. The two models supporting mmW are GQML3 (Pixel 7) and GE2AE (Pixel 7 Pro). The others support sub-6 5G, just not the super speedy 5G mmW that you’ll never attach to anyway.
To tell the difference between Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro devices, we really are guessing (assuming) based on the fact that GP4BC and GE2AE have UWB or ultra-wideband support. In the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, only the Pixel 6 Pro had UWB and it looks like that’ll be the case again this year. UWB is used for short-range communications in things like luggage trackers or to help a digital car key talk to a car.
The rest of the big network stuff can be see below, where you’ll find WiFi 6E, NFC, and WPT (wireless power transfer aka wireless charging).
Pixel 7 network bands
Pixel 7 Pro network bands
There isn’t much else to take from this because Google already announced each phone. We’re really just waiting for them to go official, so that we can start playing with their cameras, test Google Tensor 2, and see if Google took are of all of the Pixel 6 line’s modem issues.
If you were hoping this arrival at the FCC would tell us when the Pixel 7 will launch, I’m not sure that it does. The Pixel 6 line hit the FCC in September 2021 and then arrived in October. The Pixel 6a showed up at the FCC in April 2022, was announced in May, and then didn’t ship until July.
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