It appears that WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging services in the world, was a little busy during New Year’s Eve as millions sent messages to family and friends. The messaging service, which has millions of users, sent a total of 63 billion messages during that day. Out of the 63 billion messages sent, 7.9 billion of them were images while another 2.4 billion were videos. That’s a lot of messages but the service does have more than one billion monthly active users.
Billions of Messages Sent
One of the countries with the most WhatsApp messages sent was India, which is currently the second most populous country in the world. During New Year’s Eve, 14 billion messages were sent in India. WhatsApp has around 160 million active users in the country, making the app one of the most popular options of the population. Of the 14 billion WhatsApp messages sent in India, 3.1 billion of them were images, 700 million were GIFs and 610 million were videos.
Users and New Features
In November 2016, the messaging service introduced a new video calling feature. The feature is available for its one billion users around the world. WhatsApp added voice calling in 2015 but many consider the video calling feature as one of its biggest additions of 2016. Last month, WhatsApp also mentioned that the messaging service would stop working on old smartphones and operating systems soon. WhatsApp also said in December that it would extend support for BlackBerry and Nokia until July 2017.
WhatsApp, founded in 2009 and acquired by Facebook in 2014, is currently one of the most popular apps around the world. In January 2015, WhatsApp had 700 million active users but that number quickly grew to one billion in February 2016. WhatsApp has more than doubled in users since it was acquired by Facebook in 2014 and the number of messages sent on New Year’s Eve gives us all an idea on how popular the app currently is.