WhatsApp has reached to a new milestone of 900 million monthly active users. The Facebook-owned instant messaging app surpassed the mark of 800 million users back in April.
Co-founder Jan Koum announced the new number of monthly active WhatsApp users through a Facebook post. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg congratulated Jan on the new achievement.
WhatsApp went from 700 million monthly active users to 800 million users in April and has now became even stronger with 900 million monthly active users. This certainly means that the instant messaging app is not only leading the world of IMs but also getting bigger to make the competition tougher for existing players like WeChat and LINE.
Released back in 2009, WhatsApp is currently available on most of the popular mobile platforms, including Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone among others. It also available on desktops as a Web client, in the form of WhatsApp Web, to make it easy for users to get their messages instantly right on their workstations.
Facebook, which bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in February last year, has been actively taking new moves to make the instant messaging app completely separate from its existing Messenger app. We already saw some of the interesting features such as the option to send money and Siri-like ‘M’ digital personal assistant on Facebook Messenger to make certain distinctions from WhatsApp.
Late last month, Tencent-owned WeChat reached to 600 million monthly active users. The user base of the Chinese instant messaging app is still far lower than WhatsApp but grew 9.3 percent from 549 million monthly active users reported in the first quarter this year.