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Facebook says about 1 in 7 people on the planet now use WhatsApp

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 February, 2016, 6:36pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 June, 2016, 3:23pm

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Facebook now has two one-billion-user products.

On Monday afternoon, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp announced that one billion people use the app.

"That's nearly one in seven people on Earth who use WhatsApp each month to stay in touch with their loved ones, their friends and their family," the company said in a blog post. " But now, it's back to work – because we still have another 6 billion people to get on WhatsApp, and a long way left to go."

WhatsApp's announcement, interestingly, came right after Google's parent company Alphabet announced quarterly earnings — which beat analysts' expectations and sent the stock soaring. During the call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that another Google product — Gmail — has recently broken the one billion monthly active user mark. 

Other one-billion plus Google products include Search, Android, Maps, Chrome, YouTube, and Google Play.

In contrast, Facebook has just one — its core Facebook app. Messenger has 800 million users, while Instagram has more than 400 million. It's suggested that video and search could also be reach the milestone in the not-too-distant future.

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