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April 9, 2013

Rumor: Google to acquire WhatsApp for $1 billion

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If you own a smart device, chances are you would have used one (or all) of the three major internet messaging platforms which as WhatsApp, KakaoTalk and LINE. Amongst the other popular instant messaging clients out there, these three are the most popular among users.

A Digital Trends report suggests that Google and WhatsApp have been in talks over the past four or five weeks to discuss an acquisition. According to the report, WhatsApp seems to be vying for a higher price and it allegedly close to $1 billion.

This move by Google (it it's true) is definitely a good move indeed as Google needs to vamp it's social interaction messaging client. Google Talk hasn't evolved much in the past few years and it definitely has lost a lot of ground to third-party messengers. Even the Google+ Messenger client failed to grab many users. THis acquisition could be a major milestone for Google in unifying it's communication system and bring back the users.

WhatsApp allows you to message, send images, audio clips, and videos to other users who use the app regardless of the platform they use - something Google Talk doesn't do. WhatsAPp is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry.

Do you think this is a good move for Google (if it is actually real)? May we actually see a more unified chatting experience by Google?