Last year February, WhatsApp announced that its total monthly users had grown to one billion. Now just over a year and half later, the messaging application now gets one billion DAILY active users from all around the world.
With exciting features like Voice and Video calling, the instant messaging app has fast become one of the most downloaded mobile applications – well that is if it doesn’t already come pre-installed.
Founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton in 2010 and acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion, the messaging application initially gained popularity as an alternative to regular text messaging by giving users opportunities to exchange files, texts, voice notes and pictures over mobile data and WiFi connection. Now WhatsApp users around the world send an average of 55 billion WhatsApp messages per day and share up to 4.5 billion images daily. In addition, the messaging application now supports 60 languages
Recently added features on WhatsApp include:
- File sharing: allowing users to exchange files of various formats including PDF, Word and PowerPoint documents.
- Animated GIFs: WhatsApp allows you to add life to conversations using GIFs
- WhatsApp stories: you can share photos and videos for broadcast to your contacts and they are only available 24 hours.
Recent rumour has it that WhatsApp is currently testing a Recall feature that will let users to delete messages within 5 minutes after they were sent.