Messaging service Whatsapp hit the headlines last week with the highly publicised $19 billion Facebook buyout. But if you thought the face-punching Whatsapp news was done for now, think again.
From out of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, we’re told that Whatsapp will soon add voice services, stepping on the toes of, well, pretty much everyone.
The news was delivered by Jan Koum, Whatsapp CEO, with voice services promised for – unsurprisingly – Android and iOS firstly (2Q14). Hey, they are the world’s most popular mobile OSeseses, after all.
There is some consolation for users of the lesser operating systems, with Whatsapp voice services vaguely confirmed for some Nokia and BlackBerry phones. Y’know, at some point. If they get around to it.
“We use the least amount of bandwidth and we use the hell out of it,” purred Koum. “We will focus on simplicity.”
Koum announced that Whatsapp now has 465 million monthly active users, and 330 million daily active users. Heck, that’s up several million from the figures reported just last week at the Facebook buyout thingy.
Incidentally, it’s Whatsapp’s fifth birthday today, the company having been founded on February 24, 2009.
The Facebook buyout still has some scratching their heads, as they wonder how exactly how Team Zuckerberg will monetise following the acquisition.
However, if you’re living in fear of Whatsapp ads, Koum promises: “There are no planned changes and we will continue to do what we set out to do, even after the acquisition closes. Still no marketing.”