According to a post by Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) owned App, “now have more than 900 million monthly active users” around the world.
This figure means WhatsApp messenger have added 100 million monthly active users since the company announced it was accounted for 800 million users in April. Facebook did not reveal any information on how many of those users were paying customers.
WhatsApp has gained popularity since Facebook acquired it in 2014. The social media king bought the App last year for record $19 billion, even though it has its own messaging service called Messenger.
At the start of the year, the service had 700 million users, up from the 600 million in August 2014. In comparison, parent company Facebook said it has 1.49 billion monthly active users back in June.
Facebook C EO Mark Zuckerberg wasted no time to applaud WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, his team and whole community on accomplishment in follow-up post.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also congratulated Koum in a post saying “900 million people now use WhatsApp every month to stay in touch with family and friends around the world. Congratulations to Jan Koum and everyone at WhatsApp on reaching this incredible milestone – and for still finding time to make us all laugh.”
WhatsApp is still ahead of the Facebook Messenger app, which currently has 700 million Monthly Active Users. But together, Facebook has the world’s two most popular messenger apps in its folder.
WhatsApp started as a simple texting app with ability to leave voice messages. It has recently rolled out a voice calling feature, to rival services like Skype and Viber.