Hi Everyone! Welcome to my first blog.
This week in the blog we will be focusing on Software above the level of a single device.
The PC is no longer the only access device for internet applications, and applications that are limited to a single device are less valuable than those that are connected.Therefore: Design your application from the get-go to integrate services across handheld devices, PCs, and internet servers. -Tim O Reilly.
According to this statement by Tim O Reilly we can understand that most users are now on the go and using Mobile Devices more often for everyday tasks such as Emailing, Messaging, Banking, Looking at Maps, Sharing files and so on and are not dependent on PC only available software. To illustrate this pattern, I will be talking about WhatsApp today.
WhatsApp is a cross platform mobile messaging app that lets you send text, pictures and videos to your contacts anywhere for free (It requires internet connection though!).
Unlike Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp works on all the major mobile operating systems which includes iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia and Windows Phone.
WhatsApp was started by two former Yahoo Employees, Jan Koum and Brian Acton. In February 2014 Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $US19 Billion in cash and stock. The purchase was the biggest internet deal since Time Warner’s $US124 billion merger with AOL in 2001.
An interesting story about this acquisition story is that both Jan Koum and Brian Acton applied for a job in Facebook and were rejected in 2009. Expressing disappointment over the rejection, Brian Acton tweeted “Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.”
In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages. WhatsApp is also looking to introduce an in app calling service which lets you receive and make free voice calls over the internet to your WhatsApp contacts.
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Sarah Frier (2014) Facebook buys WhatsApp. Retrieved from: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/business-it/facebook-buys-whatsapp-messenger-for-21-billion-20140224-hvd4u.html
Rediff (2014) Amazing rags to riches story of WhatsApp founder Jan Koum. Retrieved from: http://www.rediff.com/business/slide-show/slide-show-1-special-tech-the-amazing-success-story-of-whatsapps-architect-jan-koum/20140220.htm#2
Tom Gara (2014) What is WhatsApp? One highly addicted user explains. Retrieved from:http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2014/02/19/what-is-whatsapp-one-highly-addicted-user-explains
Pavithra Rathinavel (2014) WhatsApp to add Voice Calling feature to Anfroid and iOS shortly. Retrieved from: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/547591/20140410/whatsapp-facebook-voice-calling-skype-android-ios.htm