While speaking at the MWC 2014 event, Google’s Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai denied the report of $10 billion offer for WhatsApp by the company.
Last week, Facebook announced to acquire the most popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion. Soon after the announcement, many reports suggested that Google also made several attempts to buy WhatsApp before and even after offering $10 billion, the search engine giant failed to acquire the company.
According to The Telegraph, Sundar Pichai said at the Mobile World Congress event that the rumors of Google’s $10 billion offer were “simply untrue”. He said the following:
“Whatsapp was definitely an exciting product. We never made an offer to acquire them. Press reports to the contrary are simply untrue.”
Even some reports claims that Google also offered millions of dollars to WhatsApp, just to tell the company about getting into any talks of acquisitions. Even some rumors claimed that Google CEO Larry Page met WhatsApp’s top executives to stop the deal as part of his last effort.
When announcing the acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp had 450 million users and in just 2 days it has crossed 465 million users mark. In last December, WhatsApp crossed the 400 million active users mark. Recently, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum also revealed that the messaging app will be getting the voice communication feature soon and he didn’t forget to say that voice call feature’s implementation was decided and developed long before the acquisition.