WhatsApp Vice-President Neeraj Arora has announced that mobile messaging service WhatsApp has reached 70 million active users in India. The total user base for the company, which had gotten acquired by Facebook for USD 22 billion, is 600 million WhatsApp CEO, Jan Koum recently announced in a Twitter post.
In April this year, It passed 500 million active users milestone, 100 million more from December 2013. WhatsApp user growth is coming from Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, where more people are downloading the app. California-Headquartered, WhatsApp service was launched in 2009 by Jose Torres, Jan Koum and Brian Acton.
The other players in this category include WeChat, which claims to have 438 million active users, Tango with 70 million active users, while Viber is close to 100 million active users.
As reported by NDTV Gadgets, with over a 10th of the users from the country India is one of the biggest markets for WhatsApp. It will continue to hold a distinct identity even after the takeover by Facebook and will not get merged with the social networking giant, said Neeraj.
The company has flourished because of its focus on the product, rather than the business side of things. “The founders wanted to develop a cool product which will be used by millions and did not have business things like valuations,” he said.
Previously, Facebook forced its users to download its standalone messenger app however, people did not prefer having multiple app for using Facebook. It is still unclear why Facebook is trying so hard to push its messenger even after acquired Whats App. In any case, Whats App seems to keep on growing better than its competitors. It is still focussing on user growth, and saw a loss of USD 230 million in first half of 2014.
“The company scaled back efforts to make money after acquisition because we didn’t have the long-term financial support of Facebook. At some point we’ll get to a billion, two billion users. Revenue is something that… will happen five years from now, maybe later,” stated Jan Koum.