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WhatsApp reaches another milestone with 1 billion daily users

 


WhatsApp’s user base has been growing in leaps and bounds. The popular chat app recently hit a new milestone, recording a 1 billion daily user average. Yeah, that is right. It is an incredible figure, one that is expected to grow even more considering the fact that there are over 3 billion mobile users.

WhatsApp boasted 1 billion active users per month last year and now the stat has more than doubled. The more interesting statistics is the number of messages sent per day, a whopping 55 billion messages, 1 billion videos, and 4.5 billion photos all sent through the app daily.

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  1. Started as an idea while working out in a gym, WhatsApp became the first messaging platform to meet the true definition of a real-time messaging app. The service was initiated by founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum with a goal to connect people across the globe free of cost. The app picked up pace, and it has now become the first choice of netizens at a time when the internet is flooded with substitutes. It is downloaded on over 48 million Android smartphones till now.

  2. WhatsApp has come a long way since then. Other than sending text messages, you can now do video chat as well as voice calling. Here is the infographic which shows the journey of WhatsApp since its inception

  3. It’s been eight years since Whatsapp was first launched in the year 2009. A lot of features have been added on the way, the recent one being the ability to post status in the form of stories; something which is being considered by many as a ripoff of Snapchat

  4. While this latest feature might have been disliked by most users, there are a lot of other features that have added value to the product thereby resulting in it being one of the most popular instant messaging apps. In this post, we’ll go through the roadmap of Whatsapp from 2009 to now.

  5.  Brian Acton and Jan Koum, the co-founders of Whatsapp, started working on the app for the app store. The iOS version was launched first as their primary target was the US market at that time. Apple smartphones were a rage in the US, and hence the creators decided to create the app on the iOS platform. After a couple of months, they launched the app on blackberry world as well. Nokia had a big share of the smartphone market across the globe at that time, and hence it made sense to offer support to the Symbian operating system.

  6. This Symbian version was launched in mid of 2010. Google’s Android operating system was catching on with the users and smartphone makers, and hence Whatsapp quickly followed up with an Android version launch in Aug 2010.

  7. Today, the Google Play Store is pretty much the center of the universe for Android owners who want to purchase apps or other content. While there are some third-party app stores also available for Android, most notably the Amazon Appstore, none of them have the sheer amount of content that Google Play has. Indeed, one third-party estimate from research firm AppBrain claims that there are now over 2.77 million apps and games to download from Google Play. That’s not even counting the number of movies, TV shows, music, ebooks and magazines that are also available on the store.

  8. Building on the feature list — After rendering the SMS or text service obsolete using its instant messaging feature, one of the initial feature that was added by Whatsapp was the ability to send photos. This meant users could now transfer media content as well instead of just the plain text messages. However, the ability to send GIF images was released only in late 2015

  9. GIF images were very popular on the internet, and it would have made sense to add this feature a bit earlier. This is one of the features I felt should have been prioritized a bit higher in the roadmap or the product backlog.

  10. In 2014, after the acquisition by Facebook, Whatsapp started working on voice calls. It was a great feature to add since users already used different apps for making calls over the internet using their smartphone. This was to compete with apps such as Viber, Skype, Line, etc.

  11. If you look at it, Whatsapp seems to be late to add this feature since the other apps had already established themselves in this space. There were numerous apps that offered VoIP service. It would have made sense for Whatsapp to have prioritized and added this feature much before.

  12. After launching the voice call feature, the next addition was video calls. It made sense to delay the launch of video calling until late 2016 as the majority of the users in Whatsapp’s dominant markets had slow internet connectivity and would have struggled to have a seamless video call.

  13. Another interesting addition was Whatsapp web in Jan 2015. Some people believe it should have been released earlier. It would have made sense to release the web version before offering support for smartwatch as the wearable tech is still in the early stages for most markets. Whatsapp web would have been handy for people working in offices since they could view and send messages from their workstation without having to check their smartphones.

  14. In 2016, Whatsapp started rolling out two-step verification feature for users on Android beta. The feature helped strengthen security by adding email id to a Whatsapp account. Whatsapp values user privacy. As Koum once said, “”We want to know as little about our users as possible. We don’t know your name, your gender… We designed our system to be as anonymous as possible. We’re not advertisement-driven, so we don’t need personal databases.”

  15. With the rate of this growth, I don’t see it stopping soon.more people will join in thereby doubling and tripling the number of the users very soon. I just love whatsapp and I hope they’ll keep on improving it

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