MWC 2014: Whatsapp to add voice services from 2Q14, iOS and Android first

MWC 2014: Whatsapp to add voice services from 2Q14, iOS and Android firstMessaging 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.”

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 24, 2014 at 14:04

Good thing this MWC thing and the FB sell-out distract from all those pesky security issues that plague WhatsApp. But hey, I'm sure the Zuck will make it NSA-proof. Foolproof.

effingandjeffin  Feb. 24, 2014 at 19:18

Good thing this MWC thing and the FB sell-out distract from all those pesky security issues that plague WhatsApp. But hey, I'm sure the Zuck will make it NSA-proof. Foolproof.

data protection abuse used to be a criminal offence
now its just a tradable commodity

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2014 at 12:22

Good thing this MWC thing and the FB sell-out distract from all those pesky security issues that plague WhatsApp. But hey, I'm sure the Zuck will make it NSA-proof. Foolproof.

data protection abuse used to be a criminal offence
now its just a tradable commodity


Yes - I'm old enough to remember mail delivery people going to jail for pilfering letters.
Mail sorters getting fired for reading post etc.... Now they sell our stuff wholesale, blame each other and get slapped/tickled on the wrist for it at best. But more frequently they just get admonished in public to then get a PRISM bonus....

Google 'accidentally' disabling do-not-track on Safari? Whoa, coders should be so lucky, eh?
I accidentally coded GTA VI while trying to write an email... Always happens, maaan....

Whatsapp know what's wrong; Viber know what's wrong... There are no 'concerns'.

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