This morning it was announced that the mail service Gmail has ill 1 billion monthly active users. Today, the same results, and boasts a popular instant messenger.
It became known from the official blog of WhatsApp. Thus, the application will be the main competitor of Facebook Messenger, which now has more than 800 million monthly active users as of early January 2016.
Created Kum Yan, WhatsApp was released in early 2009 and quickly became one of the most popular instant messaging applications for mobile devices.
After lengthy negotiations with Mark Zuckerberg, Jan Koum agreed to sell WhatsApp for $ 19.5 billion.
Given that at the time of acquisition messenger Zuckerberg, WhatsApp had about 400 million monthly active users, Facebook has managed to increase the user base of the application is 2.5 times.
CEO Facebook itself also commented on the news:
WhatsApp – this is a community that has more than doubled since coming to Facebook. We added the ability to call their loved ones. We have reduced the monthly fee and made WhatsApp absolutely free. Next, we are going to work to connect more people throughout the world and help them to communicate more easily with the business. There are a few services that connect more than one billion people. This step is an important step towards the unification of the entire world.