Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has crossed a billion downloads for Android smartphones on Google Play Store. The milestone was announced by WhatsApp founder and CEO, Jan Koum, who also took the opportunity to stress that the company had a team of just four people working on Android. This is Koum’s way of saying the team’s DNA hasn’t changed even after being acquired by Facebook in a deal valued at a staggering $22 billion. Also Read - WhatsApp is soon to change the way your data is backed up: What it means?Also Read - WhatsApp introduces 'Papa Mere Papa' stickers to celebrate Father's Day: How to download, send?
WhatsApp crossed 1B Android downloads. btw our android team is four people + Brian. very small team, very big impact. pic.twitter.com/sW4F9SlKKv
jan koum (@jankoum) March 11, 2015
The number should not be confused with monthly active users as there would be some duplicity – users who installed WhatsApp on more than smartphone at the time of shifting to a new device or even those who installed it but might not be logging in to the service.
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WhatsApp last announced its monthly active users in January this year when it claimed to have over 700 million monthly active users. It is now rolling out voice calling feature, which is expected to add more stickiness to the messaging app.
WhatsApp joins a rare club of apps that have been downloaded more than a billion times. The list includes the likes of Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search, Youtube, Facebook and Angry Birds.