WhatsApp introduces Push To Talk, has 300 million monthly active users, over 20 million from India
WhatsApp is undoubtedly a well-known messaging application and it continues to grow in many regions of the world. India is one such region very it is the most popular messaging application on smartphones. They have now introduced the new Push To Talk feature and also released updated details on its user base globally.
WhatsApp has already started rolling out the Push To Talk feature and it is available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia devices. A new mic icon has been introduced next to the text input space which helps with the PTT feature. Users can now press this icon to record their message and release it to send the voice message to the recipient. While it previously had a voice note feature this is a much instantly available option.
The company also announced that it has crossed 300 million monthly active users globally. Out of these, India accounts for over 20 million monthly active users which makes it one of the biggest markets for the popular messaging service.
Apart from India, Germany, Spain and Mexico are the only countries which also contribute over 20 million monthly active users. In June the company had announced that it has over 250 million monthly active users and is in just about 45 days it managed to add another 50 million to this number.
The company has revealed some interesting statistic. They process over 31 million messages on an average daily – this includes 11 billion sent messages and 20 billion received messages. It has also revealed that users share 325 million photos on an average daily.
Not long ago did WhatsApp make its iOS app for free from $0.99 and hints on implementing a nominal annual subscription fee of $1 after the first year. It has already maintained this on other platforms but is yet to introduce the subscription fee as it always ends up extending.