The WhatsApp mobile messaging app is being used regularly by 500 million people, the company has announced in a blog post.
Currently being acquired by Facebook for $19 billion (£11.3bn), the chatting app has seen its fastest growth in Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia - countries where smartphone are less common and WhatsApp’s minimal bandwidth and power requirements mean it can be used by most mobile subscribers.
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The company also gave an insight into how it is being used. More than 700 million photos are being shared every day, along with 100 million videos.
“We could go on,” the company said. “But for now, it’s more important that we get back to work – because here at WhatsApp, we’re just getting started.”
Although Facebook’s plans for WhatsApp aren’t fully known, and its blockbuster acquisition is yet to be completed, Mark Zuckerberg has said he sees real value in the app, and sees a future where WhatsApp and Facebook act as ‘on-ramps’ to the internet, helping to get developing countries online and using the services to provide chat, as well as local news and weather updates, and health information.