History and Journey of WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp Messenger is a application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location. The application runs from a mobile device though it is also accessible from desktop computers, The service uses standard cellular mobile numbers. Originally users could only communicate with other users individually or in groups of individual users, Resently Whatsapp Announced that forthcoming business platform which will enable companies to provide customer service to users at scale, History and Journey of WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp, dewas founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo. Brian Acton and Jan Koum applied for jobs at Facebook but were rejected.
In January 2009, after purchasing an iPhone and realizing the potential of the app industry on the App Store. Discussions started for there new project and Crated a Messaging software named “WhatsApp” thats make sound like “what’s up”. On February 24, 2009, WhatsApp 2.0 was released with a messaging component and the number of active users suddenly increased to 250,000 , At the beginning WhatsApp was switched a free to paid service to avoid growing too fast, mainly because the primary cost was sending verification texts to users. In December 2009, New features added send photos to WhatsApp for the iPhone. By early 2011, WhatsApp was one of the top 20 apps in Apple’s U.S. App Store
In April 2011, Sequoia Capital invested approximately $8 million for more than 15 percent of the company, in February 2013, WhatsApp had 200 million active users and 50 staff members. Sequoia invested another $50 million, and WhatsApp was valued at $1.5 billion, In February 2014 Facebook Announced Acquiring WhatsApp approximately US$19.3 billion, its largest acquisition to date
In August 2014, WhatsApp was the most globally popular messaging app, with 600 million active users. By early January 2015, WhatsApp had 700 million monthly active users with over 30 billion messages being sent every day, From 2012 and 2018, the telecommunications industry will lose a combined total of $386 billion because of OTT services like WhatsApp and Skype, On February 24, 2017,WhatsApp launched a new Status feature similar to Snapchat and Facebook stories, History and Journey of WhatsApp Messenger
In 2017 Launched WhatsApp Payments its a peer to peer money transfer feature that is set to launch in India. WhatsApp has received permission from the National Payments Corporation of India to enter into partnership with multiple banks in July, 2017 to allow users to make in-app payments and money transfers using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). UPI enables account-to-account transfers from a mobile app without having any details of the beneficiary’s bank.
WhatsApp’s main competes with a number of Asian-based messaging services were WeChat (468 million active users), Viber (209 million active users and LINE (170 million active users ) .WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion monthly active users (MAUs) who are exchanging nearly 60 billion messages on a single day, History and Journey of WhatsApp Messenger