WhatsApp Booming in Popularity, but Competition Is Brewing

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The cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp now has more than 250 million active monthly users, a higher number than either Twitter or Skype.

In the past 12 months, WhatsApp has handled more messages than all the U.S. wireless carriers combined. Also, earlier this month, the company announced that its users sent and received more than 27 billion messages in a 24-hour span.

Yet while WhatsApp is booming in popularity with its massive user base, the competition for cross-platform messaging apps is heating up.

At its annual I/O conference, Google announced a Hangout app for iOS and Android users. Meanwhile, BlackBerry Messenger is set to launch cross-platform to iOS and Android users later this year.



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