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WhatsApp claims to have 800M monthly active users; iOS users get voice calling

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WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum has claimed that WhatsApp now has over 800 million monthly active users (MAUs). The mobile messaging company’s plans have been visible through efforts like: desktop support, voice calling on Android (which has been enabled for all Android users now), Facebook send on WhatsApp feature, Google Drive backup (in the offing) and TextSecure encryption among others.

In January this year, WhatsApp claimed that its users were sending over 30 billion messages everyday. WhatsApp’s 800 million MAUs is up 100 million since January this year, when WhatsApp had said that it had reached 700 million MAUs. It’s up 200 million from August last year, when the company had claimed to have 600 million MAUs.

iOS gets voice calling, photo sharing etc via other apps

WhatsApp has also introduced voice calling in iOS today, reports The Verge. The feature will be added to the iOS app through an app update. However, WhatsApp will be rolling the feature out to all iOS users “slowly over the next few weeks”. It also mentions that users can share photos, videos, links and other stuff to WhatsApp using the share button in other apps. The update will also have a quick access button to the camera and the camera roll and be able to send multiple videos simultaneously.

India WhatsApp’s biggest market 

In November last year, WhatsApp claimed to have reached 70 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. This was up from 65 million Indian MAUs in August last year, indicating that the company has added five million MAUs in the past two months. Last month, WhatsApp parent Facebook informed MediaNama that Facebook’s India user base grew by 5.35% from 112 million MAUs to 118 million MAUs in Q4 2014. Facebook India claims its daily active users (DAUs) are at 55 million, out of which 49 million DAUs come through mobile, accounting for over 89% of Facebook’s daily traffic, as of December 2014.

Image Credit: Flickr user Alvaro Ibanez

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