WhatsApp starts digital payment tests in India

WhatsApp starts digital payment tests in India

WhatsApp has begun testing a new payments feature in India that will allow people to send money to other WhatsApp users, excluding merchant accounts. The feature is currently in beta, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans, but hasn’t been publicly announced because it’s not widely available at this time. The company has been […]

Chat app Line announces plan for cryptocurrency services, loans and insurance

Chat app Line announces plan for cryptocurrency services, loans and insurance

Line, the messaging app with around 200 million monthly users, is embracing bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to fend off increased competition from Facebook and others. The Japanese company has announced the creation of a new financial services division which will spearhead a move into cryptocurrencies and other services including loans and insurance. Line already operates […]

WhatsApp introduces separate app for businesses

WhatsApp introduces separate app for businesses

WhatsApp has launched a separate app designed for use by small businesses to more easily connect with customers. WhatsApp Business adds key features like dedicated business profiles for details like email address, business description, store addresses, and website; smart messaging tools like greetings, quick replies, and away messages; and metrics for how many messages were […]

Netflix beats Tinder to be top earning non-game mobile app of 2017

Netflix beats Tinder to be top earning non-game mobile app of 2017

Netflix was the world’s top earning non-game mobile app in 2017, according to SensorTower’s new year-end report, with Tinder finishing second. Netflix saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510m last year according to the report, representing a 138% increase or about 2.4 times the $215m users spent in the app during 2016. Netflix was also […]

Facebook unveils ads that open chat messages on WhatsApp

Facebook unveils ads that open chat messages on WhatsApp

The monetisation of WhatsApp by parent company Facebook took another step forward: Advertisers on Facebook can now include a button on their Facebook boosted organic posts that enables users to contact them via the messaging application. Facebook introduced click-to-Messenger Facebook ads in November 2016 as part of its launch of version 1.3 of its Messenger […]

Facebook furthers WhatsApp monetisation efforts with verified business pilot

Facebook furthers WhatsApp monetisation efforts with verified business pilot

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has launched a pilot that will let businesses communicate with the messaging service’s one billion daily users, with reports suggesting it will launch a dedicated app for small-to-medium businesses (SMB). More than three years have passed since Facebook agreed to purchase the messaging service for $19bn, and it has now given the first […]

Amazon takes on WhatsApp with “Anytime” messenger

Amazon takes on WhatsApp with “Anytime” messenger

Amazon is reportedly developing an encrypted messaging app called Anytime, designed as a direct competitor to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and other popular messaging apps. According to a report in AFTV News, the encrypted service could integrate SMS, video and voice calls, stickers, gifs and emojis, games, photo sharing, ‘@mentions’ and photo and video filters. The service […]

WhatsApp Reportedly Planning to Launch Mobile Payments Service in India

WhatsApp Reportedly Planning to Launch Mobile Payments Service in India

WhatsApp is reportedly working to launch P2P (person-to-person) payments within its messaging app, starting in India. According to The Ken, Facebook is currently looking for a head of digital transactions with knowledge of India’s biometric ID system Aadhaar, UPI (Unified Payments Interface), and BHIM, a cross-bank payment app launched in the country at the end of last year. […]