WhatsApp, the mobile messaging service that Facebook acquired for $19 billion, will soon be adding support for voice calls, rivalling services like Skype, Viber and FaceTime.
Facebook is buying WhatsAppÂ messaging service for $16 billion, according to a Form 8K filed with the SEC and subsequent announcements by both Facebook and WhatsApp. Facebook will pay $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in Facebook stock for the messaging company. AnÂ additional $3 billion in restricted stock units will be granted to WhatsAppâ€™s founders and employees. These shares will vest over four years after the close of the deal.Â
While WhatsApp is a very popular messaging app, its look has started to look quite dated, especially after iOS 7 was released. The company had its iOS 7 update ready in early October, but its beta testing seems to be taking very long, as the update hasn’t showed up on the App Store yet.
Today, WhatsApp’s iOS 7 redesign got shown in a German YouTube video.
A few months back we had noted that WhatsApp will soon move to a subscription model on iOS to bring it in line with other platforms, where the app itself is free but users have to pay an annual fee. Today, the messaging company has put this into effect by making its iPhone app free.
Digital Trends reports that according to “an inside source” Whatsapp, the company behind the popular cross-platform messaging app, could be Google’s next billion dollar acquisition.
There have been rumors that Facebook has also been in talks to buy the mobile messaging startup.