Just yesterday, we reported that WhatsApp were rumored to be in talks with Google to be sold for a cool $1 Billion, the value of such a property alone seemed a little fishy but now, WhatsApp have come out and denied that they are in talks with Google to sell the company. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp's business development head, has said that the company is not in talks with the Search Giant to sell the company. This might not come as a surprise to many of you but, for those that were thinking WhatsApp could be the lynch pin in Google's rumored unified messaging platform, Babel, might be disappointed.
If Google are going to unveil something like this, then having WhatsApp on board would make a lot of sense. After all the company is no stranger to messaging, it's one of the most popular forms of messaging today and, with apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, and Windows Phone it's not hard to see why. The messenger doesn't just carry text and smiley faces, but deals with images, audio and video as well. WhatsApp sent 7 Billion inbound messages last New Year's Eve and the company had apparently been in talks with Facebook for a sale as well. Something that Arora described as "not factually accurate".
So, for now, it looks like the company is going to stay independent, and there's nothing wrong with that. Google don't necessarily need WhatsApp to piece together the puzzle that is Babel, and there's no reason WhatsApp won't be just as popular – if not more so – if Babel ever surfaces. It'd be nice if they could have bought the technology to perhaps bolster their offerings but, we're pretty sure that Google have been around the web long enough to be able to go it alone.
Arora declined to comment any further, which doesn't rule out some kind of partnership between the two companies, perhaps WhatsApp will become one limb of Babel? Who knows? One thing's certain though, the more and more we all hear about Babel, the more exciting this year's I/O becomes.