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In 2009, two ex-Yahoo employees, Brian Acton and Jan Koum founded WhatsApp.

The origins of WhatsApp

In 2009, two ex-Yahoo employees, Brian Acton and Jan Koum founded WhatsApp.

Koum chose the name “WhatsApp” and after several failures with the initial model, was ready to give up but Acton convinced him to stay.

After several attempts, WhatsApp was launched in the app store for iPhones in November 2009.

The Blackberry version of the app was released just 2 months later.

What was the source of WhatsApp’s revenue?

Revenue

What was the source of WhatsApp's revenue?

Firstly, WhatsApp was set up with almost zero investment, and employed just 55 people who served millions.

Jan Koum and Brian Acton, the founders of WhatsApp, made money in two ways.

They charged every iPhone user a one time $0.99 fee for installation.

They also charged every Android user a fee of $0.99 every year after free service for the first year.

Facebook acquires WhatsApp in its biggest deal

Acquisition

Facebook acquires WhatsApp in its biggest deal

Months after a venture capital financing of $1.5 billion, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion – its biggest ever deal till date.

Of the $19 billion, Facebook, advised by Allen & Co., paid $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares and $3 billion in restricted stock units granted to WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton.

WhatsApp Web

Fact

Personal

In January 2015, WhatsApp announced the availability of WhatsApp web, a platform that mirrored WhatsApp on the web browser. Initially it was only available to Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone users. Later on, it also added support for iOS, Nokia Series 40, and Nokia S60.

WhatsApp to withdraw support for several platforms

1 Mar 2016

WhatsApp to withdraw support for several platforms

WhatsApp was set to withdraw support for several mobile platforms this year.

The platforms include Blackberry (including BB10), Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Symbian 40, Symbian 60, and Windows Phone 7.1.

WhatsApp justified its reason saying that 99% of today’s mobile market consists of Android (above 2.2), iOS and Windows Phone 8 (and above) devices.

WhatsApp said the decision was “not an easy one”.

Monthly WhatsApp users

Fact

Do you know?

As of 2016, the number of active monthly users of WhatsApp worldwide amounted to 1 billion people, up by 300 million from the 700 million monthly active users in January 2015.

WhatsApp allows document transfer

2 Mar 2016

WhatsApp allows document transfer

Years after its launch, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp Messenger has finally introduced the ability to send documents over chats.

The feature is visible in the most recent builds available online for use on both Android as well as iOS devices.

For now, users can only send pdf files but the file support is likely to expand in future.

End-to-end encryption introduced

Fact

Information

In April 2016, WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption for all users, which means that now, even WhatsApp servers would be unable to read messages sent via the platform. The move is a huge victory for online privacy activists.

WhatsApp desktop introduced for Mac and Windows

11 May 2016

WhatsApp desktop introduced for Mac and Windows

Facebook owned messaging service WhatsApp has now launched its new desktop version, compatible with both Mac as well as Windows computers.

The client will offer all the same features and shortcuts seen on WhatsApp for Web, but will be independent of the user’s mobile phone connection.

The desktop app is available for systems running on Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+.

Over 100 million calls made via WhatsApp every day

24 Jun 2016

Over 100 million calls made via WhatsApp every day

The most popular messaging service -WhatsApp announced that its users make over 100 million WhatsApp calls every day, which translates to over 1,100 calls made per second.

WhatsApp stated they were humbled that many users found the feature useful, but are committed to making it much better in months to come.

WhatsApp introduced the voice-calling feature to its over-a-billion user-base in phases last year.

WhatsApp to reveal video calling feature

26 Oct 2016

WhatsApp to reveal video calling feature

WhatsApp is set to introduce video calling as the latest feature on the app, expected to be available on version 2.16.316 or higher.

However, the release of the feature will be in Beta mode, hence not all users will be able to access it just yet.

WhatsApp had earlier introduced a beta version of video calling in July’16, which it quickly removed.

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