WhatsApp is preparing to launch cross-messaging across other platforms. That means he may soon be able to use WhatsApp to send messages to people using Signal, Telegram, etc.
We know this change is due to EU rules that gave Meta a March deadline to roll out its messaging platform. This is also why Apple is opening up iPhones to App Store alternatives in Europe. But exactly what the messaging app's interconnection system will look like is a mystery, with only the WhatsApp beta leak hinting at how inter-app chats might work.
Now, in an interview with Wired, Dick Brouwer (WhatsApp Engineering Director) revealed details about how WhatsApp users will be able to chat with other encrypted messaging apps.
In general, this system works as we expected. Although you can chat with people using other messaging services, there are some hurdles that developers and software developers have to overcome. The first is that cross-app messaging isn't turned on by default, so you have to opt in.
it's never that simple
The next problem is that WhatsApp chats and third-party app chats can no longer be mixed in one inbox, and if you opt in to cross-app messaging, third-party conversations will end up in a separate inbox. “Third Party Chat” inbox – means an additional tap is required to open it.
Brouwer explained that the decision to keep the inbox separate is because WhatsApp cannot guarantee that these other services “offer the same level of privacy and security” as its own WhatsApp platform. So keeping them separate creates a clear barrier between chats that can be verified to meet security standards and those that don't.
Another issue is that for third-party services to interoperate with Meta's WhatsApp and Messenger apps, the companies providing those services must enter into agreements with Meta to abide by certain terms. It's not yet clear what this deal will be, but some messaging services may not want to rely on the meta, even if the terms themselves are agreeable.
Case in point, given that Apple has worked hard to stamp out similar efforts such as Beeper Mini in the past, we would expect Apple to be keen to separate iMessage from this interconnected platform system. Masu.
One condition may be that the app uses the Signal encryption protocol, as Brouwer said Meta prefers it. Signal, WhatsApp, Messenger, Google Messages, and Skype all use this encryption protocol, so there are already some candidates for interoperability, but other platforms use proprietary encryption methods. , you may not want to replace it.
Brouwer said Meta could be open to other chat services that use alternative encryption protocols, but would have to prove they have at least the same level of security as WhatsApp's standard outline. He added that there is.
While interoperability between chat services is certainly on the way, it will likely take some time after Meta goes live before other services join Meta's platform. And it may not be as seamless as we expected.