Facebook+ WhatsApp

Facebook has acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. WhatsApp has upwards of 450 million users, and it is adding an additional million users every day.

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app for Smartphone, according to OnDevice Research.

WhatsApp currently charges a dollar a year after giving customers their first year of use for free. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said on the conference call that WhatsApp’s business model is already successful.

That indicates Facebook bought WhatsApp to add value to its existing messaging services, as well as for the long-term potential of the company.

WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. Users can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. They can use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And users can count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication.

Few recent acquisitions from Facebook:

SL

 

Acquisition date

Company

Business

Value (USD)

1

09-Apr-12

Instagram Photo sharing $1b

2

13-Apr-12

Tagtile Customer loyalty app undisclosed

3

15-May-12

Lightbox.com Photo sharing undisclosed

4

21-May-12

Karma Social Gifting undisclosed

5

18-Jun-12

Face.com Face Recognition Platform $100m

6

14-Jul-12

Spool Mobile bookmarking and sharing content undisclosed

7

20-Jul-12

Acrylic Software RSS app Pulp + secure database app Wallet undisclosed

8

24-Aug-12

Threadsy

Threadsy is a social aggregator, Maker of Social Marketing Tool Swaylo

undisclosed

9

28-Feb-13

Atlas Atlas Advertiser Suite less than $100 million

10

Mar-13

osmeta Mobile software

11

14-Mar-13

Hot Studio Design agency

12

23-Apr-13

Spaceport Cross-platform Game framework

13

25-Apr-13

Parse Mobile app backends

14

18-Jul-13

Monoidics Automatic verification software

15

12-Aug-13

Jibbigo Speech translation app

16

13-Oct-13

Onavo Mobile analytics

17

17-Dec-13

SportStream Sports Conversation Analysis

18

08-Jan-14

Little Eye Labs Performance analysis and monitoring tools for Android

19

13-Jan-14

Branch Web Conversation Platform $15m

20

19-Feb-14

WhatsApp Mobile instant messaging $19b

By Akshatha Karthik

image source: youthcrash.com

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