Whatsapp: We're not holding sales talks with Google

Yesterday, according to single source "insider information" obtained by Digital Trends, Google’s next big acquisition would be WhatsApp. The supposed deal was reported to have started approximately five weeks ago, but apparently WhatsApp were “playing hardball” over their sale price, valuing the company at “close to” $1 billion.

That insider information appears to be inaccurate however. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s business development head, told AllThingsDigital today that the company is not holding sales talks with Google, putting that rumor firmly to bed. Arora declined to comment further when asked about the valuation of the company.

WhatsApp is a cross-platform smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone and other smartphones. The application utilizes push notifications to instantly get messages from friends, colleagues and family. Switch from SMS to exchange messages, pictures, audio notes and video messages with WhatsApp users at no cost. All features are included without the need for extra in-application purchases.

Source: AllThingsDigital | Image: nrc.nl

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could be easily a mistake from whatsapp. come on! 1 billion? for what? a vulnerable, hardly long sustaining business model? in this industry everyone can be replaced. there are times you should just take the golden ticket.

I didnt really care either way, I dont use the app. However, IMO, it is dumb to ditch an app because of what company owns it. If people are so worried about what company owns what, then do not use 3rd party apps and stick with apps that are currently owned by either Google or MS. Never know when either company, or even Apple, will buy out another.

techbeck said,
I didnt really care either way, I dont use the app. However, IMO, it is dumb to ditch an app because of what company owns it. If people are so worried about what company owns what, then do not use 3rd party apps and stick with apps that are currently owned by either Google or MS. Never know when either company, or even Apple, will buy out another.

People are more worried about that company ditching the users (Windows Phone users, in this case).

Same. Never heard of the App before. And never knew about the company until these readings. I did think $1 billion for an App company (that I've never even heard of) was completely retarded.

I think what makes this is the program is it's very minimalistic with a clean interface. It does what it needs to and nothing more. Most programs over time get bloated with features. Good work Whatsapp!

Didn't you guys cut the quote off rather too quickly; wasn't it "We're not holding sales talks with Google, no. They are holding sales talks with us!"

Does seem very strange that google would pay $1b for a messaging app. I'm sure they could update gtalk, or google voice for a lot less than that.

They would be after the brand name and the userbase along with it, software by itself is fairly useless since there are countless apps out there that do the same thing as WhatsApp.

dvb2000 said,
Does seem very strange that google would pay $1b for a messaging app. I'm sure they could update gtalk, or google voice for a lot less than that.

Its all about stealing the user base and then cutting out all the undesirables, (windows phone users...)

ngc891 said,

Its all about stealing the user base and then cutting out all the undesirables, (windows phone users...)


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You'd find a fair bit more Whatsapp users on a different competitor.

Northgrove said,

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You'd find a fair bit more Whatsapp users on a different competitor.

The comment was mostly due to googles commitment to screw WP users over.