WhatsApp is already one of the most downloaded apps in the world but now it’s set a new record that its rivals may find very hard to beat. The messaging service has just announced that a whopping 100 billion private messages were sent on New Year’s Eve.
That’s a staggering number and breaks all previous records set by the chat app with the Facebook-owned firm boasting that December 31st 2019 saw more messages sent than on any previous day in WhatsApp’s ten-year history.
Along with that huge worldwide figure WhatsApp has also announced that users in the UK alone sent over 900M messages on New Year’s Eve.
Although other chat apps haven’t released figures for New Year’s Eve, latest stats, from Statista show that WhatsApp continues to be the world’s biggest messaging service – in fact, it leads the way by a considerable margin with some 1.6billion users.
Facebook Messager now comes second with 1.3 billion and WeChat has 1.13billion.
Here’s a breakdown of the WhatsApp stats:
• Over 100 billion messages were sent via the app worldwide – meaning December 31st saw more messages than on any previous day in WhatsApp’s ten-year history
• Over 12 billion were picture messages sent around the world on New Year’s Eve
• In the UK alone, WhatsApp users sent over 900 million messages on December 31st
WhatsApp has revealed how many messages were sent on New Year’s Eve (Image: WHATSAPP • GETTY)
As well as revealing how many messages were sent at the end of the year, WhatsApp has also announced the top 5 most popular features with its users worldwide over the course of the year.
It may come as no surprise to learn that text messaging remains WhatsApp’s most popular feature but here’s the full list of what was used throughout the year.
Here’s what WhatsApp users leveraged the most in 2019:
1 – Text Messaging
2 – Status
3 – Picture Messaging
4 – Calling
5 – Voice Notes
The news of this user number update comes as we’re expecting a big year ahead for WhatsApp and its billions of users.
Some huge upgrades could arrive over the next 12 months including the addition of the long-awaited Dark Mode and new self-destructing messages which will disappear after a set amount of time.
Although there will clearly be plenty of useful updates and upgrades, fans could also face one less popular feature.
It’s almost certain that some adverts will appear within the app for the first time. Rumblings about advertisements coming to WhatsApp have been around for a while and 2020 could be the year when they are finally introduced.
Luckily, the adverts won’t be coming to the chat windows themselves – so you don’t have to worry about ducking around adverts for discounted holidays while you’re texting your friends.
Instead, the adverts will be played in-between slides on WhatsApp Statuses – just like they are on other Facebook platforms, including Instagram.
Expect more news on this and other new features in the coming months.