WhatsApp app is an instant messaging app which is made for smartphones that operates under a subscription business model.This app is design in a way that every one number in the phone contact who have the app downloaded on their smart phone automatically appears on your phone.
whatsApp app through the internet is use to send messages,images,video audio media messages and user location.In january 2015 Whatsapp become the most globally populated messaging app having more than 600 million active users Whatsapp reached 800 million users in April 2015.
ACQUISITION OF WHATSAPP BY FACEBOOK
Whatsapp is based in Mountain View,California and was purchased approx. US$22 billion by facebook on February 19 2014.The transaction was however considered to be the largest purchase of a company backed by venture capitalist to date,and also the highest acquisition by Facebook.although days after the announcement of the acquisition Whatsapp users experienced loss of service,which caused anger across social media.It also made many users to move or try out other message services as well.As a result other service providers like Telegram claim to have seen 8 million additional downloads on its app while LINE also claim to have 2 million new users for its services.
In February 2014 during a keynote presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona,the CEO of facebook MARK ZUCKERBERG said that the acquisition of Whatsapp by Facebook was closely related to the Internet.org vision.
According to a TechCrunch article,Zuckerberg’s vision for internet.org was as follows “The idea he is to develop a group of basic internet services that will be free of charge to use,call it a 911 for internet.’This could be a social networking service like Facebook.
On May 9,2014 the government of Iran announced it plan to block Iranians access to Whatsapp ‘The reason was the assumption that Whatsapp by Facebook founder MARK ZUCKERBERG who is in an American Zionist ‘said Abdolsamad Khorramabadi,head of the country’s Committee on Internet Crimes.But subsequently Iranian president HASSAN ROUHANI issued an order to s Ministry of ICT to stop filtering Whatsapp.
Three days after announcing the purchase of Whatsapp by Facebook,Koum announced their plan of introducing a a voice call in the coming months,he also said that new mobile phones would be sold in Germany with the whataspp brand.as their main goal was to be in all smartphones.
HISTORY OF WHATSAPP
The Whatsapp Inc.was founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum in 2009,the duo where formal employees of yahoo.They both traveled to South America during their work break.
They applied for a job in facebook but couldn’t get the job.Koum relied on his $400,000 he saved while working for Yahoo for the rest of the following year.After purchasing an iphone in january 2009 and realized that the seven-month-old App store was about to spawn a whole new industry of apps,he then started visiting Alex Fishman His friend in West San Jose where the three man started discusing ,having statues next to individual names of the people” This was not going to be possible without and iphone developer,in that case Koum was introduced to Igor Solomennikov,who was a developer in Russia whom he met in RentACoder.com.Koum instanly chose the name” Whatsapp”because it sounded like”what’s up”,and on his birthday which was a week later February 24 2009,Whatsapp Inc.was incorporated in California.However at the early stage Whatsapp kept crashing or getting stuck at a particular point and Koum felt like giving up and opting for a new job however he was encouraged by Acton to at least wait for a few more months.
Apple launched push notifications in june 2009 which allowed devlopers ping users when they were not using an app.Koum had to update Whatsapp in a way that each time the user changes status it will ping everyone in the user network. At the release of WhatsApp 2.0 a messaging component,it users suddenly rose to 250.000. Acton who was still unemployed when koum visted him decided to join the company leaving the unsuccessful startup he was managing.
In october Acton persuaded his five ex-yahoo friends to invest $250.000 in seed funding and was granted co-founder status and stake as a result.After months of beta stage he officaily joined in November 1.The application eventually launched in November 2009 exclusively on the App Store for the iphone.Koum’s old time friend who lived in Los Angeles,Chris Peiffer was hired to make the Blackberry Version,whic arrived two months later.
To avoid growing too fast Whatsapp was switched from free to paid service this is mainly because the primary source was sending verification texts to users.Whatsapp for the iphones was updated to send photos in December 2009.Whats-app was in the top 20 of all the apps in Apple’s U.S App store.
Whatsapp user base had in risen to about 200 million active users with staff strenght of 50 in February 2013.Another $50 million was invested by Sequoia therefore valuing Whatsapp at $1.5 billion.
In a blog post in December 2013 Whatsapp claimed the service is used by 400 million users each month.And as at 22 April 2014 Whatsapp had over 500 million active users monthly.About 700 million photos and 100 million videos are shared daily, and the message system handles more than 10 billion messages each day.The users grew to over 600 million active users worldwide in August 24, 2014. 25 million new active users are added every month or 833,000 active per day.with 65 million active users about 10 percent of the total worldwide users,India is the largest single country in terms of number of users.
The Forbes has predicted that between 2012-2018, the telecommunications industry will lose a combined total of $386 billion because of OTT services which includes Whatsapp and skype.