Google tipped to pick up WhatsApp for $1 Billion
It’s just a billion bucks, why not purchase one of the quickest
growing multi-platform message ecosystems in the mobile universe:
WhatsApp? That’s what Google has been rumored to be chatting about this
week, as an inside source speaking with Digital Trends tells it. This is
a story that feeds quite well into the idea that Google is creating
their own every-device messaging app system the likes of which would
transform their multi-tiered systems into a singular hero.
Facebook and Google have been tipped to have approached the folks
behind WhatsApp before today, and as they’ve continued to explode in
popularity over the past few months, it would appear that they may have
reached prime-time for sales. Included in this purchase would be their
next-level pricing scheme which has users paying a cool $0.99 a year for
a complete tossing of advertisements in-app. If Google were to pick the
team up, it could be that WhatsApp itself is kicked in the pants while
the technology is folded into Google – no more dollars for you!
if this does turn out to be true, Google’s next-generation service
might be ready for Google I/O 2013. That is the rumored “Babble” or
“Babel.” One way or another, a Google message service that folds all
others into itself will be big.
So right here at the dawn of the
Facebook Phone and the next wave of Android devices and their messager
apps, could it be time for Google to take another swipe? Seems so! Have a
peek at the WhatsApp timeline below and get pumped up about the future
of the Google-run app universe!