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Voice will come to iOS and Android

WhatsApp has been making lots of news lately since Facebook bought the company for $19 billion in total. The move will certainly make the purchase of WhatsApp one of the biggest tech acquisitions of the year.
 
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum is on hand at MWC 2014 and he is talking about some new features for the app. Koum announced that WhatsApp will receive voice calling capabilities in Q2 of 2014. The move will allow WhatsApp and Facebook to compete with services like BBM and KakaoTalk. WhatsApp wants to specifically target Korea where KakaoTalk is the leader in the segment.
 
“We use the least amount of bandwidth and we use the hell out of it,” Koum said. “We will focus on simplicity.”
 
The voice calling service will come first to iOS and Android devices. After the roll out on those popular platforms, BlackBerry and Nokia devices will get access to the voice service, but only on specific devices.
 
Koum also announced that WhatsApp now has 465 million monthly active users and 330 million active daily users. That is 15 million more users than the app had last week before Facebook purchased it. 

Source: TechCrunch



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Why the popularity?
By Guspaz on 2/24/2014 5:51:19 PM , Rating: 3
I don't understand WhatsApp's popularity. Nobody uses it here in Canada (or Montreal, at least), most people are on Google or Skype.

Why would you pay for WhatsApp ($1 per year) when all the competition (like Google or Skype or iMessage) are free, and you're probably already using them anyhow?




RE: Why the popularity?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 6:07:08 PM , Rating: 2
Agree. I can't see one reason I would use this app over Hangouts. And many reasons NOT to.


RE: Why the popularity?
By Nyanyanya on 2/25/2014 5:56:06 AM , Rating: 2
I use them both, but WhatsApp is a lot more handy for simple messaging and sharing pics and videos, specially as it automatically resizes pictures and lets you choose to adjust video file quality (encoding on the fly) when sending to someone.

Skype instead is a hassle, sending a file/picture makes you scroll through a long list of contacts always restarting from A (older versions used to show favs. first, but not anymore), and if you want to record and send a video it won't re-encode it to lower filesize.

WhatsApp also lets you browse pictures shared with a specific contact (sent/received).

Also WA feels extremely lightweight, uses very very little data, it's always fast.. can't say the same about bulky Skype, most often takes 2-3 seconds to show a new message and sometimes it will freeze for minutes while syncing from pc. (Nexus 4)


RE: Why the popularity?
By flyingpants1 on 2/26/2014 5:19:45 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like Kik messenger. Who the hell would give their credit card number for an IM program?


RE: Why the popularity?
By Nyanyanya on 2/26/2014 4:03:07 PM , Rating: 2
You don't, you use google wallet same way as you pay other apps in the play store, or paypal.


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