Recently rumors of Google buying out WhatsApp for $1 billion reached a fever pitch. However, the unified messaging service WhatsApp has denied the claims and has stated that it has no plans to sell itself to the search giant.
In a recent talk with AllThingsD, Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s Business Development Lead, explained that the company has no intentions of selling out to Google.
Earlier this week we learned that Google was planning to buy out the universal messaging client, which is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Symbian for free. Initial reports claimed that Google offered the company $1 billion for the sell out.
It was also reported that Google would use the service in a new project that was designed to give Google users a single unified place to access all the communication services offered by Google. This unified messaging client has been reportedly dubbed as Google Babel.
So, Googe has a competitive disadvantage when it comes to communication services as the company currently has a dozen of services for the purpose like, Google Talk, Google Voice, Google+ Messenger and Google+ Hangouts. On the contrary, its rivals both Apple and Microsoft have their single unified communication client.
As Microsoft has killed its Live Messenger service, the company is moving their existing users to Skype. With Skype’s nearly 560 million users, Microsoft is ready to go against its rivals to become the number one unified communication service provider.
Apple also has its own unified messaging client known as iMessages. Apple has already replaced Mac OS X’s iChat with iMessages and has also rolled out the service to iOS users around the world.
Samsung too, has its unified messaging client called ChatOn available on multiple platforms including Android, iOS, BlackBerry, etc. So, it’s pretty important for Google to introduce a new service that offers the users a unified place for all their Google communication services.
Having a universal messaging service also gives users a substitute for regular SMS messages and saves on a messaging plan cost. All they need is a data connection to send and receive not only text messages, but also share pictures and much more.
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