The mobile messaging app space is witnessing a lot of developments in terms of growth and capital influx. From global players to Indian messaging apps, everyone is trying to grab eyeballs. Here’s a roundup of the latest news from popular messaging apps:
WhatsApp handled 64B messages in a day
The world’s leading and most popular messaging app WhatsApp revealed that it has hit a new record after processing 64 billion messages in just 24 hours.
Out of 64B messages, 20 billion messages were sent and 44 billion messages received. These figures don’t match because they include group messages, which means that sending one message to a group chat of 10 people is 1:10 inbound:outbound.
Less than a year ago, WhatsApp, which was recently acquired by Facebook for a whopping $19B, was processing 27 billion messages a day. A clear indication that the messaging app which has more than 465M active users is witnessing a continuous growth.
new daily record: 20B messages sent (inbound) and 44B messages received (outbound) by our users = 64B messages handled in just 24 hours.
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) April 2, 2014
However, WhatsApp also faced user backlash after it went down for the second time following its acquisition by Facebook. The services experienced major outage for roughly an hour, at least in some parts of the world.
Line has 400M registered users
Japanese headquartered messaging app Line revealed that it now has 400 million registered users. While the app is most popular in Japan, it boasts having over 10 million users in 10 countries – including Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, and the US.
The home country Japan adds 50 million, while Thailand and Indonesia come in next with 24 million and 20 million users respectively. India is also up-and-coming with 18 million users. The number of new users signing up daily has reached “around 1.7 million per day, indicating rapid growth worldwide.”
Line Corp further stated that the messaging app now processes 10 billion messages in one day; 1.8 billion stickers sent in a single day; and over 12 million online calls in one day.
However, it should be noted that Line still reveals registered users and not the active number of users.
Viber now available on Windows 8
Viber, the messaging app which was recently acquired by Rakuten has announced the release of Viber 4.1 for Windows Phone 8 bringing “Viber Out” calls to the platform for the first time. Now Viber users on Windows Phone 8 can make affordable calls to their friends and contacts who have landlines or phones that don’t have Viber. Additionally, the update brings several key Viber features to the mobile Microsoft platform.
Viber, that provides cross-platform support, has introduced features such as sending video messages and multiple photos at the same time. The latest upgrade also Hands-free Bluetooth support.
Hike raises $14M in new funding from BSB
Hike, the Indian messaging app which re-branded itself to a youth messaging app post the Facebook-WhatsApp deal has received $14 million in new funding from BSB, a joint venture between Hike’s founder and SoftBank Corp.
Kavin Bharti Mittal, Hike’s founder, said that the new capital will be spent on accelerating user acquisition and hiring.
Hike also states that the app has reached 15 million users earlier this year, mostly in India. That number represents a three-fold growth rate over the prior nine months.