WhatsApp is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day – ProWellTech
Whatsapp, the popular instant messaging app owned by Facebook, it is now delivering about 100 billion messages a day, company chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said during the quarterly earnings call Thursday.
For a certain perspective, users exchanged 100 billion messages on WhatsApp last New Year. That’s the day WhatsApp surpasses its engagement figures and, as many of you will remember, also the time the service has routinely suffered from issues in recent years. (No interruptions last New Year!)
At this point, WhatsApp is just competing with itself. Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp together have been used to exchange 60 billion messages a day since early 2016. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in May that iMessage and FaceTime were experiencing record usage, but didn’t share specific figures. The last time Apple shared the figure, it was far behind using WhatsApp (podcast). WeChat, which has also amassed over 1 billion users, is also lagging behind in daily message volume.
In early 2014, WhatsApp was being used to exchange around 50 billion messages per day, then CEO Jan Koum revealed at an event.
At the time, WhatsApp had fewer than 500 million users. WhatsApp now has more than 2 billion users and at least in India, its largest user market, its popularity surpasses that of any other smartphone app including the big blue app.
“This year we have all relied more than ever on messaging to keep up with our loved ones and get business done,” tweeted Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp.
Sadly, that’s all the update the company shared on WhatsApp today. The mystery continues for when WhatsApp plans to resume its payments service in Brazil and when it plans to launch its payments in India, where it began testing the service in 2018 (it has already shared major projects on financial services in India, though) .
“We are proud of it WhatsApp is capable of delivering around 100 billion messages every day and we are excited about the way to go, ”said Cathcart.