March 14, 2014
Less than a week after Facebook announced in February it would acquire WhatsApp Messenger for $19 billion, the company said it would add voice calling to the popular service. The site iPhoneItalia has now published photos it claims are screenshots of WhatsApp’s new VoIP feature in the wild. As you can see, the interface looks a lot like Apple’s iOS 7. It even includes the circular call button on the recently released iOS 7.1. There is no way to confirm whether these photos are real, of course. Still, they do look like what one would expect given the current state of the iOS 7 interface. Soon after Facebook announced it was buying WhatsApp, CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained why he felt the social network was worth $19 billion. Speaking with Bloomberg, Zuckerberg said:
The mobile-messaging startup was “a great fit for us,” Zuckerberg said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. “Already almost half-a-billion people love using WhatsApp for messaging and it’s the most engaging app we’ve ever seen exist on mobile by far.”As Joe White originally reported "To put the acquisition in perspective, Facebook purchased Instagram for a mere $1 billion back in 2012, and earlier this year, China’s Lenovo acquired Motorola’s Google-owned handset division for $2.91 billion." The free WhatsApp Messenger app is available to download 0n the App Store.