Yesterday, almost all of the blogosphere was inundated with rumors regarding the possibility of Google reportedly planning to purchase popular mobile messaging app – WhatsApp. It was reported yesterday that both the companies were in talks with each other and that Google had offered WhatsApp $1 Billion for an outright purchase. A day later, WhatsApp’s development lead Neeraj Arora has come out in the open and said that there were no talks on going between either of these companies and that all talks about a possible acquisition are just rumors.
He however declined to comment any further on the issue. The news about Google attempting to buy out WhatsApp comes just months after Google’s archrival Facebook was in the news for a potential buyout of the same. This too was soon relegated to the rumors bin.
The possible buyout of WhatsApp however coincides with news regarding Google’s Babel – a brand new messaging platform being developed by the search giant being reported about. From what is being told now, Google’s Babel will merge all current Google messaging, VoIP and Chat services under one platform. It would be usable across various platforms and would also be accessible via the cloud. Corresponding apps for desktops, Android phones, tablets and other platforms would be made available as well.
Until yesterday, the word was that elements of WhatsApp could be baked in to Babel. A move that would help the entire lot of iOS, Android and other platform users hooked to WhatsApp automatically transitioning to Babel.
All said, it would be interesting to see how this story pans out in the days to come!