Google’s senior vice president Sundar Pichai has reportedly denied rumors of bidding for WhatsApp, which was recently acquired by Facebook for $19 billion. The Telegraph has reported that, speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Pichai cleared that Google did appreciate the instant messaging service’s achievements, but “never made an offer to acquire them.”
Pichai stated that “Whatsapp was definitely an exciting product…We never made an offer to acquire them. Press reports to the contrary are simply untrue.” Google had however considered working more closely with Whatsapp, Pichai further added.
Earlier reports suggested that Google’s $10 billion offer to acquire WhatsApp was outbid by Facebook, which acquired the instant messaging service for a whooping $19 billion.
With over 450 million monthly active users, out of which 70 percent are active daily, WhatApp adds over a million new users daily. And even after the acquisition with Facebook, the company will continue to work independently.