WeChat is getting bigger every day. While most of the messaging app related headlines this past week understandably had to do with Facebook’s massive acquisition of Whatsapp, WeChat has been making some serious headway.
The texting, voice-calling, video-calling, push-to-talk, social media combo app has one major flaw, it lacks any kind of respectable desktop app. That is about to change, for Mac users at least.
The app, like WeChat’s current web service, uses secondary verification to sign in. Users will need to scan a QR code using their phone or tablet in order to sign in. What one is supposed to do if a cell phone gets lost or stolen isn’t clear.
Once inside, users can send texts, photos and emojis (but not the large complicated ones). WeChat’s more advance functions, like push to talk and video conferencing, do not seem to be included as of yet.
One nice feature, noted by TechinAsia, is its ability to silence WeChat notifications on users’ phones and tablets while in the app. For anyone who has dealt with the three chime song that can be Google Hangout notifications, this is a big deal.
The app works for Mac OSX 10.7 and above. No word yet on a Windows release but it is sure to be coming soon. You can download it here.