Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s business development head, has denied rumors that the service is in sales talks with Google. Earlier rumors posited that WhatsApp had been discussing a buyout with Google for a month, and that the search giant was offering $1 billion for the service.
Recently, we reported on a rumor that Google was in talks to purchase popular Android messaging service WhatsApp, for $1 billion. When contacted by popular tech blog AllThingsD for comment, Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s business development head, denied this rumor. According to Arora, WhatsApp is simply not in any sales talks with Google.
Whether Google did, in fact, offer $1 billion to the service is unknown, and Arora did not respond to further inquiry.
The service has been subjected to rumors such as this one before – in December of this year, it was thought that Facebook was offering to purchase the application as well. WhatsApp indicated at the time that such reports were "not factually accurate."
In dozens of countries, WhatsApp is the number one app in Apple's app store. The app has also been downloaded over 100 million times to Android devices, making it a very popular messaging solution on mobile devices.
Such a large user base communicating with one service is a population that social networks like Facebook and Google’s Google+ would certainly like to have for themselves. Additionally, even at the app's $0.99 price tag, its tremendous usage makes for some generous revenue, which the companies certainly wouldn't mind either. This is compounded by the fact that in some countries the $0.99 fee recurs annually for Android versions.
But in any case, Whatsapp doesn't seem to be selling out to anybody at the moment. At least for now, it won’t be going the way of Instagram, which Facebook purchased last year for $1 billion dollars.