“We’re thrilled to share that WhatsApp has more than 700 million monthly active users. Additionally, every day our users now send over 30 billion messages,” Koum wrote.
Koum and his team are “humbled” and “grateful” for the millions of people using WhatsApp everyday. “We promise to continue working hard to make WhatsApp even better,” Koum added.
WhatsApp’s has maintained its explosive growth after being acquired by Facebook in a $19 billion deal in February 2014.
The last user figure from WhatsApp was 600 million users in August 2014. About 25 million users a month are being added right now. If it holds that growth, WhatsApp will hit 1 billion users sometime in 2016.
Facebook is dominating the messaging app scene. Back in November, Facebook announced its Messenger app had surpassed 500 million. Splitting features into standalone apps might be a headache for some users, but it’s working big-time for Facebook.
The social media has a stranglehold on mobile. WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram are three of the biggest mobile apps – all owned by Facebook.
The next big feature coming to WhatsApp will be voice calling. Originally set for launch last year, it was pushed back to the first quarter of 2015.