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[font=georgia,serif][size=5][b]Rumour: Google negotiating $ 1 billion purchase of WhatsApp[/b][/size]

Messaging app WhatsApp is in the negotiating phase over prices with Google in what could be Google

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[font=georgia,serif][size=5][b]Rumour: Google negotiating $ 1 billion purchase of WhatsApp[/b][/size][/font]
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And what makes this better than something like trillian that does the same thing PLUS connects to pretty much every other social networking product AS WELL?
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[quote name='dvb2000' timestamp='1365331412' post='595622102']
And what makes this better than something like trillian that does the same thing PLUS connects to pretty much every other social networking product AS WELL?
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The fact that almost everybody has it, unlike Trillian? Now, if only it could make calls and let those greedy operators rot in hell...

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Whatsapp it's just another messaging app... with the difference that the username is your phone number, I never find out how come it became so popular.
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At least Whatsapp uses the Jabber/XMPP protocol (albeit customized) so it could be integrated with Google's current chat services without too much re-engineering.

Anyway the current state of all these chat services is ridiculous. Imagine if email worked the same way: different providers using different incompatible protocols and not being able to send mails to people that had an account on a different mail service.

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This purchase makes no sense, except to block whatsapp from being on other platforms, google already has their own messaging service that does the same as this crappy app. Good thing no one uses it over here. Honestly most people here st SMS, most have Eire free SMS' or their so cheap it doesn't matter and you always now the other person has that, instead of using, whatsapp, kik, and all the other "free" messengers.

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[quote name='francescob' timestamp='1365331670' post='595622108']
The fact that almost everybody has it, unlike Trillian?[/quote]

I'd never heard of it til today. No one I know has it. Maybe is an American thing.

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[quote name='Arceles' timestamp='1365331808' post='595622112']
Whatsapp it's just another messaging app... with the difference that the username is your phone number, I never find out how come it became so popular.
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Because it was simple to use and also was lucky with getting most of the users first. There are kids that send dozens of thousands SMSs every month and that app saves them a lot of money.

[quote name='dvb2000' timestamp='1365332381' post='595622128']
I'd never heard of it til today. No one I know has it. Maybe is an American thing.
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You probably have decent mobile phone contracts in your country then. Many countries had contracts where in order to send many messages you had to pay for many minutes as well where most kids nowadays only use messages, thousands and thousands of messages that often requires quite expensive contracts.

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[quote name='francescob' timestamp='1365331670' post='595622108']
The fact that almost everybody has it, unlike Trillian? Now, if only it could make calls and let those greedy operators rot in hell...
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I don't have it, till I read this article I never heard of it before.

I say sell now before google change their mind and buy windows live messenger.

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[quote name='HawkMan' timestamp='1365332177' post='595622124']
This purchase makes no sense, except to block whatsapp from being on other platforms, google already has their own messaging service that does the same as this crappy app.
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If they managed to integrate Whatsapp into all their other services they could suck every Whatsapp user into the Google ecosystem. Eg. if you have seen LINE you might have noticed that it has implemented sort of a message wall (like a simplified Facebook wall). Google could take the same kind of approach with Whatsapp but integrating the Google+ wall in there.

Then the purchase might (maybe) make sense.

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[quote name='leesmithg' timestamp='1365332602' post='595622134']
I don't have it, till I read this article I never heard of it before.

I say sell now before google change their mind and buy windows live messenger.
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I looked at the O2 UK website and indeed in your country you get unlimited messages with almost every contract, that's very likely the reason you never heard of it. When you pay 20 cents for every message and you send thousands you quickly start to look to alternatives.

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[quote name='ichi' timestamp='1365332053' post='595622118']
At least Whatsapp uses the Jabber/XMPP protocol (albeit customized) so it could be integrated with Google's current chat services without too much re-engineering.

Anyway the current state of all these chat services is ridiculous. Imagine if email worked the same way: different providers using different incompatible protocols and not being able to send mails to people that had an account on a different mail service.
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Ye, i totally agree with you. Having so many messenger apps that can not communicate with each other is just ridiculous.
Today SMS is basically the only service that can connect you with any phone in the world without installing anything but the problem is that it cost money and people use SMS less and less (if at all). Blackberry has it's own messengers, iOS has it's own messengers, Google has it's own messengers, Facebook has it's own messengers and that's before even speaking about other apps that do this.

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[quote name='leesmithg' timestamp='1365332602' post='595622134']
I don't have it, till I read this article I never heard of it before.

I say sell now before google change their mind and buy windows live messenger.
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I actually used it for almost few years long before the crisis. Back then they had no own account. So it was just a polygamy client for ICQ, MSN, Jabber etc, like Miranda. Since then popularity dived down to almost zero.

I was saying story of WLM before. MS bough Skype mainly because of Eastern Europe, where WLM had 0% of userbase, while Skype managed to beat ICQ, yet was also very popular on west.

Google could buy WhatsApp for its userbase, like MS did with Skype. But that userbase mainly come from Apple's camp. App has very low popularity amond Android users. At least here, in Russia. It's easier, faster and cheaper just to make a quick call. For extensive chatting modern teens prefer VK messengers. But nowadays instant messaging is not that popular like it was back in mid 00's.

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Only tried it the once and didn't go back to it, makes me glad that I didn't hearing this.

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I use whatsapp on my Lumia, great messaging app bugs aside

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Whatsapp is awesome!
Im from the UK but I work offshore on oil rigs - no phone service there. But there is wifi, so now I can text home since all my family has whatsapp :)
Up until whatsapp started getting popular we had to queue to use the phones.
I also travel a lot for work, texting from abroad on a UK contract is extortionate. Sometimes

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[quote name='HawkMan' timestamp='1365332177' post='595622124']
This purchase makes no sense, except to block whatsapp from being on other platforms, google already has their own messaging service that does the same as this crappy app. Good thing no one uses it over here. Honestly most people here st SMS, most have Eire free SMS' or their so cheap it doesn't matter and you always now the other person has that, instead of using, whatsapp, kik, and all the other "free" messengers.
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A crappy app? It's used by millions of people, most of whom find it very useful. I mainly use it for the group messaging feature and being able to send pictures and videos easily. Most of my friends don't have MMS and there's nothing preventing me from switching between WhatsApp and SMS. If you don't like WhatsApp, then that's fine... but there's no reason to call it crappy.

I think Google wants to tap into WhatsApp's large user base and I fear that they'll stop development of the WP and maybe even BB versions. If they stop developing the iOS version, then they'll be shooting themselves in the foot because a large chunk of WhatsApp users use it.
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[quote name='Anaron' timestamp='1365339445' post='595622284']
I think Google wants to tap into WhatsApp's large user base and I fear that they'll stop development of the WP and maybe even BB versions. If they stop developing the iOS version, then they'll be shooting themselves in the foot because a large chunk of WhatsApp users use it.
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I don't think they would stop developing those versions, at least certainly not the iOS one.

For other services like maps or mail they can affort treating other platforms like second rate citizens but not for a messaging client when precisely the success or failure of that kind of platform is entirely dependant on the number of users.
Then again they might do what they are doing now with GTalk: use the standard XMPP protocol allowing any third party client to connect to the service... which IMO would be even better than releasing Whatsapp for every OS.

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[quote name='dvb2000' timestamp='1365331412' post='595622102']
And what makes this better than something like trillian that does the same thing PLUS connects to pretty much every other social networking product AS WELL?
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As a fan/user of Trillian, I honestly don't see the different between the two apps, aside from userbase.

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The whole benefit of using WhatsApp for alot of people is that it's cross-platform. We use it extensively to hold group chats between multiple people on multiple different platforms.

The way Google has been acting lately I wouldn't be surprised if they bought it and killed off the non-android versions.

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First off, how the hell is it worth 1 Billion. Second WTF.
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Funny thing, I was thinking of this just this morning. It's extremely popular in Hong Kong. Everyone in my family uses it to contact one another. I mean, my aunts and uncles and everyone in the family are in different 'chats' it's a great way to have everyone stay informed.

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[quote name='dvb2000' timestamp='1365332381' post='595622128'][quote name='francescob' timestamp='1365331670' post='595622108']
The fact that almost everybody has it, unlike Trillian? Now, if only it could make calls and let those greedy operators rot in hell...
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I'd never heard of it til today. No one I know has it. Maybe is an American thing.
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Never heard of WhatsApp, I've heard and have used Trillian on my desktop. I only use gTalk.

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I used it for a bit on my blackberry but kinda hated it and was a drain on the battery, Google if they buy it will take the Blackberry app away

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long live whatsapp, independent without any of googles crapy UI or tie-ins.

whatsapp looks native on every platform not unified and out of place on all of them. its quick, barebones and does the job. i cant see it getting better only worse.

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