What is WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is a messaging app for Mobile phones with internet access and allows user to send text, call, video and images on without any cost. It is compatible to various Smartphone platforms ranging from iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows. WhatsApp is developed by WhatsApp Incorporation, which is based in Mountain View, California, USA and is the subsidiary of Facebook. WhatsApp Incorporation has the strength of over 55 employees. WhatsApp is counted among one of the popular messaging apps and is used by over six hundred million users around the world. It is the popular medium of online interaction in the nations like India, where it represent the tenth part of the total subscribers worldwide. It is facing stiff competition from other instant messaging apps like LINE, Viber, and WeChat. WhatsApp is available on subscription basis which means a user has to pay an amount per years. It claims to process over 27 billion in a day.
WhatsApp lets the user to communicate the other users adding to his or her contact list of phone. Having been installed on phone, WhatsApp filters the contact numbers in the phone to check other users available on its database. After, it arranges a list of WhatsApp numbers apart from user's phone book. It is not relied on the network of phone to send the messages and multimedia to other users though its efficiency is depend on the reliable and fast Internet connection of mobile network. It recommends the users to opt for 3G
or 4G connection in order to send or receive the multimedia content like images, songs and video
. WhatsApp syncs with the mobile phone's camera and gallery to allow the users to choose from these.
WhatsApp is relied on the modified edition of XMPP
and provides an ID to user which carries his or her phone number. It is meant for the smartphone using the versions starting form Android
OS 4.7, and iOS 4.3. On the other hand, person using features phone with internet access can use WhatsApp. The multimedia content are delivered through an HTTP server with Base64 encoded thumbnail.
Brief History of WhatsApp:
WhatsApp was developed by the two former employees of Yahoo!, Brain Acton and Jan Koum in 2009
. The basic motive behind this app to provide a facility to the users to send alert the others on changing the status. In a short span of time, WhatsApp has earned the customer base of over 250,000 people after it was launched in App Store and iPhone. Initially it was free messaging service and later on it was available on payment basis to cover the text cost sending to the users. Meanwhile the company added photo sending facility to its Iphone
version in 2009. At its earlier stages, WhatsApp was funded by Sequoia Capital. Within two years of its launch, it was counted among one of the largest used apps. By 2014, WhatsApp has crossed the five hundred million subscribers and processed over 700 million images and 100 million multimedia files each day. Its Android version was released in 2014 for smartwatches. India has been emerged as the main market customers with 65 million of its total users worldwide.
Owning by Facebook:
In 2014, Facebook released a statement citing that it would acquire WhatsApp. Latter was the largest acquisition of Facebook till date on the basis of whopping amount, US$ 19 billion. The acquisition of WhatsApp led its subscribers to opt for others messaging apps such as Telegram, Viber and Line.
WhatsApp is available for each smartphone platform available in the market such as Android, Balckberry, iOS, Symbian and Windows
. Download WhatsApp for Android:
www.WhatsApp.com/androidDownload WhatsApp for iOS:
www. WhatsApp.com/appstoreDownload WhatsApp for Windows:
www.WhatsApp.com/wpDownload WhatsApp for Blackberry:
www.WhatsApp.com/appworldDownload WhatsApp for Symbian:
WhatsApp Social Networking Pages:
WhatsApp has presence on many social networking s including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
and YouTube. Facebook Page Link:
www.facebook.com/JoinWhatsAppTwitter Page Link:
twitter.com/WhatsAppYouTube Page Link:
www.youtube.com/user/WhatsAppIncPinterest Page Link:
Headquarters of WhatsApp:
WhatsApp has its headquarters located in California, USA
at 650, Castro Street, Suite 120-219, Mountain View.
Customer Support by WhatsApp:
The customer can get support from WhatsApp by mailing his or her queires at its Email ID: support@WhatsApp.com
Important Email Addresses of WhatsApp:
A user can send mail at the various email addresses of WhatsApp given below:For Product Support:
support@WhatsApp.comFor Business Inquiries:
bd@WhatsApp.comFor Press Inquiries:
Major Weblinks of WhatsApp:
A user can use these weblinks for various purposes such as downloading, basic information and contacts.For Downloading apps:
www.WhatsApp.com/downloadFor reading the blogs of WhatsApp:
blog.WhatsApp.comTo know the troubleshooting methods:
Careers at WhatsApp:
To provide services to WhatsApp as an employee, a person may visit this link, www.WhatsApp.com/join/
. Its general requirements are of engineers and customer care representatives. A person can send his or her resume to WhatsApp at this emial ID jobs@WhatsApp.com
WhatsApp Subscription Fees:
WhatsApp charges an amount from users on yearly basis though it is free for first year as a trial. After, a user has to pay for its subscription. As of 2014, WhatsApp charged 0.99 US Dollar from subscribers. To know updates relating to its subscription, please visit at, www.WhatsApp.com/faq/en/general/23014681
Web of WhatsApp:
One can visit WhatsApp online at their address, www.WhatsApp.com
. The is multilingual
and is available in English, Espanol, Deutsch, Turkce, Nederlands, Bhasa Melayu, and Italino.