WhatsApp Expanding Its Reach: Cross-Platform Messaging in the Works

By techyrise.com 2 Min Read

WhatsApp Android

In the latest WhatsApp for Android beta update (version, a new feature has emerged, called ‘Third-party chats,’ as reported by WABetaInfo. Currently, this screen remains inactive and inaccessible to users, but its title strongly suggests a crucial step towards enabling Meta’s encrypted messaging app to communicate across different platforms.

This beta release closely follows the European Commission’s confirmation that Meta, the owner of WhatsApp, falls under the definition of a ‘gatekeeper’ according to the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). This legislation, set to be enforced by March 2024, mandates that communication software like WhatsApp must be compatible with third-party messaging apps. WABetaInfo shared a screenshot of this new screen:


The DMA’s primary objective, as outlined in the European Commission’s FAQ, is to prevent gatekeepers from imposing unfair conditions and to ensure the accessibility of critical digital services. In addition to requiring interoperability for messaging apps, the DMA also compels gatekeepers to allow users to uninstall pre-installed apps and explore alternative app stores.

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Meta and Microsoft

Both Meta and Microsoft have outlined plans to establish their own mobile app stores in response to the DMA. Meanwhile, the European Commission is evaluating whether Apple’s iMessage and Microsoft’s Bing search engine, Edge browser, and advertising service meet the criteria set by this new regulation.

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