Most Smart phones that come out into the market these days probably come pre-installed with WhatsApp. This is a messaging application that users who have each other’s number can use to communicate efficiently. The app does not use your normal messaging charges. Instead, it makes use of your data to communicate.
The popularity of WhatsApp has surged on to surpass the one billion user’s milestone. It is only last year September that it had a total of 900 million users.
Facebook reported that on a monthly basis, one billion people use the application.
The app that is owned by Facebook now goes past the 800 million active per month on Facebook Messenger.
The company reported that 250 million videos and 42 billion messages were shared via WhatsApp each day.
The popularity of the app has grown because of its efficiency. It allows for instant messaging which is at the same time cost friendly. It also enables individuals to contact each other simultaneously without the need to input contact details.
Blackberry is known to offer security in communication. WhatsApp offers the same secure communication path as BlackBerry does. The popularity of the Facebook owned messaging app has grown to greater levels that those made by smart phone makers have not managed to reach.
In many countries across the world, customers to mobile service providers often pay for the text messages. It is this that has made the software to be so popular. No one wants to spend money in a manner that is not worth.
Forbes estimates that more than half of WhatsApp subscribers started using it within the past 21 months.
On their blog, the app said that they are proud of the more than one billion people using their application. That is 1 person in every 7 people on earth have downloaded it.
WhatsApp is founded on the values that people should remain in contact with each other anywhere on earth freely and at the same time feeling secure and getting faster services.
They aim at reaching out to the remaining 6 billion people on earth.
In India, the app is very popular. However, the competition is stiff in Asia since there are other well established messaging applications such as Viber and WeChat.
In other countries, the app became controversial. Cases of security concerns have been raised. For instance, Brazil tried to ban the app in 2015 but was unable to.
On the 6th of February 2015, a judge in Brazil made a ruling that the app should be banned due to moral issues. The occurrence happened after morally questionable photos of children were circulated among some users.
The ruling was made with the intention of compelling the company to help the authorities in their investigation. The ban however could not stop the ever growing app from expanding since it now has 1 billion subscribers.
WhatsApp is now owned by Facebook, having been bought at a cost of $19 billion.