WhatsApp has formally announced that it now has more than 200 million monthly active users in India. The messaging app turned eight years old and brought advanced features such as Status to continue its domination in the app world.
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum has revealed the new figure through a tweet. Apart from revealing the Indian user base, Koum mentioned the global success of the messaging app in the same 139-character tweet by announcing over 1.2 billion monthly active users worldwide.
WhatsApp considers India as its biggest market. Just in November last year, the app crossed the mark of over 160 million users in the country.
Co-founder Brian Acton and Business Head Neeraj Arora visited the Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi on Friday to interact with students and find new growth avenues for WhatsApp in the country. The Facebook-owned app is also reportedly evaluating features such as mobile payments and an enterprise-ready model to reach more Indian users over time.
Recently, WhatsApp released an update with a new Status feature that allows users to share photos, GIFs or video clips as statuses. These statuses are visible to friends for 24 hours and can be set from any compatible Android, iOS or Windows Phone devices.