Google rumoured to be planning to buy WhatsApp

DigitalTrends reports that Google is in negotiations to purchase messaging company WhatsApp, who have a cross-platform network which has sent 7 billion messages on New Year’s Eve this year.

WhatsApp is apparently negotiating for a $1 billion pay-off, but what will of course concern our readers most is whether this will result in Google withdrawing the app from Windows Phone.

Such a move will of course be damaging to Windows Phone, but with Microsoft owning the largest messaging platform in the world, Skype, it would not be a fatal blow as some imagine.

One wonders though how likely the move would be, given that reducing the platforms WhatsApp serves would actually reduce the value of the service. Hopefully even Google would not be so stupid.

On the other hand besides a search shortcut app Google does not have any apps in the Windows Phone Store, and it would be surprising to have WhatsApp be their first major app.

Do our readers think Google would cut their nose to spite their face? Let us know below.

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