Showing posts with label Whatsapp Messenger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Whatsapp Messenger. Show all posts

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Facebook Pulls Chat Feature From Phone App

Mobile users will be forced to download a separate app if they want to continue to communicate with their Facebook friends.

Facebook has started to remove the chat feature from its main app - meaning users will have to download a separate standalone app if they want to communicate with friends.
The main Facebook application has always had a messaging tab, but from today users in several European countries - including the UK - are being notified the functionality will be pulled.
If they want to continue to chat to their friends, they will have to download the Facebook Messenger app, which like the main app is free.
Facebook Messenger
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is focusing on phone growth
A Facebook spokesman said: "Today we are starting to notify people that messages are moving out of the Facebook app and over to the Messenger app.
"To continue sending messages on mobile, people will need to install the Messenger app."
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg warned of the change in a public question and answer session last November.
In it, he said: "The other thing that we're doing with Messenger is making it so once you have the standalone Messenger app, we are actually taking messaging out of the main Facebook app.
Facebook Messenger
WhatsApp was bought by Facebook in February
"And the reason why we're doing that is we found that having it as a second-class thing inside the Facebook app makes it so there's more friction to replying to messages, so we would rather have people using a more focused experience for that."
Messaging is one of the big battlegrounds for technology firms, with apps such as Kik, KakaoTalk and WeChat picking up millions of users.
Facebook recently bought free messaging app WhatsApp for $19bn (£11.3bn).

The Facebook Messenger app has a 3.5 star user rating on the Apple App Store, compared to the main app's 2.5 rating.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $19 billion, in desperate attempt to stave off stagnation

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
Late yesterday, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for the princely (and ludicrous) sum of $19 billion in cash and stock. This is one of the largest acquisitions in Silicon Valley history — and yet, if you’re American, you probably don’t even know what WhatsApp is, let alone why it’s worth $19 billion. In a sentence, WhatsApp replaces text messaging (SMS) — and it has grown to 450 million monthly users in under five years. While a purchase price of $19 billion might seem like insanity, especially when compared to its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, it’s actually a savvy (or desperate, depending on your point of view) move to ensure that Facebook remains the world’s predominant messaging platform.

What is WhatsApp?

WhatsApp chat interface
WhatsApp chat interface
The short answer is that WhatsApp is a replacement for SMS (texting) for every major mobile platform (iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, BlackBerry) — but it also allows you to send photos, videos, and audio clips as well. Because it uses the internet, and thus your data package, it avoids the crazy fees that some carriers charge for SMS. WhatsApp has done for instant messaging what Skype did for international calling, basically.
Why haven’t you heard of WhatsApp? Because, for whatever reason, it hasn’t yet become popular in the US. It is incredibly popular in the rest of the world, though — most notably in Europe, but also in the all-important developing economies of Africa and Asia. The growth rate of WhatsApp has been utterly insane: In November 2013 it had 190 million monthly active users; today, it has 450 million active users and 320 million daily active users, with 1 million new users joining every day. Upwards of 50 billion text messages are sent and received by WhatsApp every 24 hours (more than doubling Facebook’s usage), along with hundreds of millions of photos and video messages. WhatsApp is huge.
In terms of monetization, WhatsApp is free for the first year, and then $1 per year after that. There is no advertising. The entire service is developed and maintained by less than 50 employees. The company has never spent a penny on marketing. WhatsApp is a classic example of identifying a gap in the market, and then producing a very simple app that perfectly fulfils that need. (The back-end — which is probably one of the busiest databases in the world — is programmed in Erlang, incidentally.)
WhatsApp stats

WhatsApp growth chart

Why did Facebook pay $19 billion for WhatsApp?

Depending on how cynical you are, there are a few answers to this question. The most likely answer is, Facebook is terrified of losing its position as the world’s primary social network and messaging platform. Instagram threatened Facebook’s role as the best place to share photos, and Facebook scooped it up. WhatsApp, which already dwarfs Twitter, Skype, and Facebook Messenger in terms of users and usage, was probably keeping Zuckerberg up at night — thus the acquisition. ”WhatsApp is the only app we’ve ever seen with higher engagement than Facebook itself,” Zuckerberg said during a conference call yesterday.
Another possibility is that Facebook simply sees WhatsApp as an easy way to pick up its “next billion” users. Facebook, which sits at around 1.23 billion monthly active users, has previously stated that the only way it will keep growing is if it taps developing markets in Asia and Africa. WhatsApp is already huge in both those areas. It’s also worth pointing out that Facebook now has access to a lot of mobile phone numbers, and a lot of new advertising eyeballs — though, for now, Facebook says WhatsApp will remain as-is, just like Instagram. (Read: Facebook, ARM, x86, and the future of the data center.)
At the end of the day, though, spending $19 billion — more than 10% of Facebook’s total market valuation — without a clear purpose in mind is a big pill to swallow for Facebook’s share holders. (Incidentally, Google reportedly offered $10 billion for WhatsApp, but was turned down.) Having said that, considering carriers squeeze billions of dollars per year from SMS, maybe $19 billion is actually a small price to pay for a big slice of that pie — maybe this is actually a sign that Facebook is diversifying, in case the bottom falls out of the advertising market.
Ultimately, Facebook is paying a lot of money to make sure that the bulk of the world’s communications continue to flow through its network. What the company’s end game is, though, no one really knows. Putting so much information in the hands of a commercial company makes me a little bit nervous.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

WhatsApp Is Offline In Many Countries!

This has got to be one of the worst times to go down. WhatsApp has been down for the last hour or so for many countries around the world. Check out the details regarding WhatsAppbeing offline in many countries below.
If you have tried to use WhatsApp in the last hour or so you would have noticed that your smartphone keeps trying to connect to WhatsApp servers but it fails. The “connecting” word keeps appearing to no avail. If you are seeing this problem then you are not alone, a huge portion of WhatsApp users are facing this issue right now.
WhatsApp has issued so statement regarding why it is down, or none from Facebook – the parent company of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp was recently acquired by Facebook for a staggering $19 billion, one of the largest tech acquisitions of recent times. Facebook is going to pay $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in stocks. Another $3 billion is going to go to the employees of WhatsApp.
This has got to be one of the worst timings for being offline, as many people are questioning the huge amount Facebook has paid for buying WhatsApp.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Facebook buys WhatsApp messaging service for $19bn

Facebook has bought WhatsApp for approximately £11.4bn or $19bn making it one of the largest acquisitions in tech history. To give you some idea it's over double the amount spent by Microsoft buying Nokia last year.
The app, which is available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 8 has over 450m users and counting. If the deal goes ahead Facebook will be buying one of the largest independent messaging services in the world, beating the likes of ChatOn and Line both of whom have also been seeing steady growth.
In a statement made last night Mark Zuckerberg said, "WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable, I've known Jan for a long time and I'm excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected."
For those of you wondering if WhatsApp will become integrated into Facebook's own messaging service fear not. According to the company it'll be employing the same approach it took with Instagram, leaving the company to remain separate whilst sharing expertise across the brands.


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