WhatsApp says Google acquisition rumors are false

By , Apr 9, 2013

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The internet was set ablaze last weekend with rumors that Google’s close to acquiring the WhatsApp team and its popular messaging app. One report claimed that negotiations went on for several weeks, and a deal was finally reached for $1 billion.

Not so fast. According to a new report, the two companies aren’t even holding talks right now, let alone discussing a buyout. WhatsApp’s business development head Neeraj Arora told AllThingsD last night that the Google acquisition rumors are false…

AllThingsD‘s Liz Gannes reports:

Popular messaging app WhatsApp says it is not in discussions to sell the company to Google. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’sbusiness development head, told AllThingsDigital today that the company is not holding sales talks with Google…

…Arora declined to comment further.”

It’s not surprising that the buyout talk was unfounded; WhatsApp has been the subject of similar rumors in the past. In fact, just a few months ago, TechCrunch reported that the company was in high-level talks with Facebook over a potential acquisition.

So what makes WhatsApp so appealing to larger tech firms? How about its enormous user base? As of last month, the service facilitated messaging for over 200 million users on over 700 networks, in more than one hundred countries. That’s pretty impressive.

Ok, but if it’s not selling out to Google or Facebook, what does WhatsApp plan to do? Well according to the company’s CEO, its immediate future includes bringing its subscription model to iOS. They’ll make the app itself free, and charge users $1 per year.

So, who’s glad to hear that Google won’t be buying WhatsApp anytime soon?

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  • Jeffrey Yeo

    neither glad nor unglad

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.ansari.5 Mark Ansari

    Thank God!!

  • LeMerlot

    …more than glad ! I’d prefer to pay 10 bucks a year if necessary as long as WhatsApp remains independent of Google, Facebook and similar…

    • akhyar

      phew.. thank god it was just a rumor and totally agree with you, pal!

    • http://twitter.com/yashgorana Yash Gorana

      yeah man !
      I did not want Whatsapp to be integrated with Google+, Google Ads, Google Voice Recog, Google Docs, …..

    • LeMerlot

      …it took just 11 months to give up independence :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/madmankadz Kadeem Kadz Dulice

    YaY !! .. whats app needs to beef up tho..

  • Anon

    This is just proof not to listen to rumors. They weren’t even close. Never even shared a discussion. Those people starting rumors just do it for shits and giggles.

  • rafaelpz

    As soon as they begin charging those subscriptions, a free substitute will slowly begin to arise. The thing about Whatsapp is that almost everyone that has a smartphone uses it. And that will be no longer true. IMHO, maybe they should implement iAds instead of charging for the usage. Sorry, English is not my first language.

    • IndiePhoenix

      That’s the best thing about WhatsApp, their refusal to consider ads as a source of revenue. They even state that in their FAQ and I’m very glad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nbogoni Nerio Bogoni Jr

    Thanks God!

  • seyss

    thank god

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    i dont believe them

  • nyangejr

    integrate in iOS