WhatsApp achieved another milestone recently sealing their position as the world's most popular messaging platform. The Facebook-owned app has announced that over a 100 million calls per day are being made over it.
This makes WhatsApp the world's favorite platform for VOIP (Voice over IP) calling as well. Skype, which operates in the same space, has around 300 million MAUs (Monthly Active Users) which puts it far behind WhatsApp. Facebook Messenger is also popular for making internet calls and has 900 million active users.
WhatsApp's founder Jan Koum said in a Facebook post that calling people internationally used to be a frustrating experience for him. After he left Ukraine, it was hard for him to get in touch with family and friends residing there easily. He said that mobile phones made the experience better but still people had to switch SIM cards for international calling. Now people can talk to anyone across the world thanks to Internet calling.
WhatsApp's calling feature was introduced in 2015. Initially, calling was a bit difficult to use but it improved in quality over time. Now, a WhatsApp call costs you almost 1.3 MB data per minute.
"Today, more than 100 million voice calls are made every day on WhatsApp - that's over 1,100 calls a second! We're humbled that so many people have found this feature useful, and we're committed to making it even better in the months to come," the company said in a blog post.
This has been a big year for the messaging company. Earlier, after they reached the milestone of 1 billion active users per month, they waived off the subscription fee permanently. WhatsApp has introduced numerous features this year to make the user experience better.
The biggest change was to introduce end-to-end encryption for all the chats and calls ensuring complete user privacy. Additionally, they also introduced quotes, text formatting, and greater customization. Recent developments suggest that upcoming features will include GIF integration, Apple Music integration, mentions and public groups.