Whatsapp grows to 70 million users in India

Whatsapp’s user base in India has crossed the 70 million mark, which is over a tenth of its global users. Whatsapp was bought by Facebook in a $19 billion deal.

“We have 70 million active users here who use the application at least once a month,” said Neeraj Arora, vice president, Whatsapp. He said the total user base for the company is 600 million.

The company said, India is one of the biggest markets for Whatsapp and they aim to increase their user base from markets like India and Brazil.

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The company claims that WhatsApp will continue to hold a distinct identity even after the takeover by Facebook and will not get merged with the social networking giant.

“The founders wanted to develop a cool product which will be used by millions and did not have business things like valuations,” Neeraj Arora added.

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Earlier the voice calling feature in Whatsapp was delayed by the company, however they assured the users to launch the feature in first quarter of 2015.

The information was made public by Whatsapp CEO, Jan Koum. He also cited technical issues to be the reason for the delay.

According to the CEO, WhatsApp has several technical issues to overcome before it can successfully launch voice calling.

There are issues such as the app does not have access to certain microphones on the smartphone to properly enable noise cancellation.

Jan Koum stated that the development team for Whatsapp is working on providing the voice calling service in poor data coverage areas.

Koum also mentioned that the company has no plans to charge the users of the app in the coming times. It will be banking on Facebook’s financial support to expand further.

 

Vishal Kawadkar

editor@gizmolead.com

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