Google in talks to buy WhatsApp Messenger for $1 billion

April 8, 2013
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The week is already off to a good start with rumors surfacing that Google could be in talks to acquire the extremely popular WhatsApp Messenger service. One of the worst kept secrets lately has been Google's plan for a unified, cross-platform messenger service called "Babel" and this is just one more piece to the puzzle if it turns out true.

According to reports by Digital Trends, Google is looking for their next billion dollar acquisition, and WhatsApp could be it. The details claim Google has been in talks with WhatsApp for over 4-5 weeks and the purchase could potentially set Google back around $1 billion for the service. Sounds like Google is betting big on messaging moving forward.

WhatsApp is one of the biggest messenger services around with roughly 100 million active users on a daily basis, so for Google to get them on board with their chat aspirations would be pretty big. I'm sure that team could really contribute to Google's plans to take on the unified messenger community by storm.

For now we don't have too many details, or if the deal has even been locked in. However, we've seen enough leaks to confirm some sort of messenger service is coming from Google - which likely will be revealed at Google I/O. It remains to be seen if the WhatsApp acquisition will play any part, but we'll update when we learn more. In the meantime give the app a try if you haven't already.

[via Digital Trends]


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  • http://www.facebook.com/Scheffman Dan Scheffler

    What?! Chomps/BiteSMS is worlds ahead.

  • jabberwolf

    Oh for F’in sake !! CAn I please have 1 service where Im not made to use my google or MS account name?!!

    • trackREVIVER

      how else do you expect Google to implement iMessage/BBM style messaging into the android OS? Nobody uses Gtalk, so this is the next step forward.

      • OneNation76

        As long as they allow it to be used for all platforms, then I am in. but if this is going to be turned into an Android exclusive app then I’ll find something else. I hate that WhatsApp is selling out like that. I am more willing to pay for this service

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        No.. It will be cross-platform across everything. That’s what we’re hearing at least

      • Daniel Faria

        I use gtalk! love it!

  • http://twitter.com/MediaCritiquer MediaCritiquer.com

    WhatsApp…it’s like BB Messenger, but not as good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paulr.johnson.315 Paul R Johnson

    What’s App requires permission to view your ENTIRE address book to work. Are you people CRAZY allowing your personal data to be mined like this?????

    • Magnus100

      You might be the one who is crazy. You need to stop living under a freaking rock. The

  • Dustin

    Why??? Just take the messengers you already have and role them into one (talk, voice, and the real voice). Just by giving people native ability to VoIP and text through data plans alone would be leaps and bounds ahead of having to use 3rd party apps like Talkatone

  • SFT

    I use Line by Naver (Japanese), way better & you can even talk. Sometimes, air traffic can be bad but it’s an awesome APP. Desktop version too.

  • OneNation76

    As long as they allow it to be used for all platforms, then I am in. but if this is going to be turned into an Android exclusive app then I’ll find something else. I hate that WhatsApp is selling out like that. I’ll pay for this service

  • Magnus100

    This is so exciting. I hope this gets integrated into Google’s Unified Messaging app quickly.

  • http://twitter.com/LiiIiikEaBau5 LiiIiikEaBau5

    I would love to see Google buy Whatsapp! I would love to see Google Voice to my Whatsapp Messenger! Oho!!

  • kane

    Maybe we can get a nice Skype alternative

  • Kenny

    No!! this is not good, don’t want Whatsapp to be turned into an Android exclusive app only

    • AndroidShiz

      You mean like they did with Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Plus, Google Search, Quick Office, Snapspeed, Google Talk, Google Keep, Google Hangout and etc? Yeah they plan to make it exclusive to Android like those apps.