In its annual developer conference F8, Facebook revealed that its WhatsApp’s Status feature has retained as much as 450 million users globally. If we didn’t know the extent of how busy WhatsApp is, we now have the numbers to match it up with.
On a regular day, WhatsApp sends and receives close to 65 billion messages and in addition to that Facebook has revealed that users on WhatsApp make close to 2 billion minutes of voice and video call on the popular messaging app. Though the social networking giant didn’t provide us with any details about WhatsApp’s extended user base, we believe it will surely be more than the 1 billion users it had last year.
Facebook also revealed that its WhatsApp Status feature which was a direct copy of Snapchat’s Stories section is now being used by 450 million people on a daily basis. In comparison, Snapchat has just 191 million app users, one-third of what WhatsApp’s Status boasts of.
Rather than resting on its success, WhatsApp on to announce that it’ll soon roll out new stickers and a new Group Calling functionality, allowing a minimum of four users to make video calls in split screen. Third party stickers will also be made available so newer developers can work on the same.
The messaging app also acknowledged that there are now close to 3 million companies o WhatsApp for Business app, which is currently being rolled out for free. The company has kept its intentions clear that it’ll soon start charging big brands including banks and airlines in exchange for bonus gears and thus help the companies with customer support.
Amidst all the recent news regarding data breach and privacy issues at its social networking site, the only thing that’s going well for Facebook seems to be WhatsApp and that is what has been talked so highly of at the F8 developer conference in San Jose, California.