Report: Google did not bid on WhatsApp

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Google did not bid on WhatsApp, according to an executive at the company. Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai said that the reported $10 billion offer that Google made for WhatsApp is “simply untrue.” Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion. Pichai spoke about it at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Pichai praised WhatsApp’s achievements and said that the two companies did talk about working closer together.

?Whatsapp was definitely an exciting product,? stated Pichai. ?We never made an offer to acquire them. Press reports to the contrary are simply untrue.?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that WhatsApp is worth more than the $19 billion that the social network paid for it. Zuckerberg said that WhatsApp will help spread Internet access to billions more people. WhatsApp currently has 465 million users.

There was another report that suggested Google made a deal with WhatsApp about potential acquisition talks. According to reports, Google made an offer to pay the WhatsApp team millions if another company entered acquisition talks with them.

At the MWC conference, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum said that the company will offer free voice calls to users soon.

[Source: Telegraph]