Soon after Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the CEO of the messaging service revealed that it will soon be adding VoIP calling to the app, rivalling existing players like Skype and Viber. Leaked screenshots of an internal version of WhatsApp for iOS show this feature in action.
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.