WhatsApp India: Over 14 Billion Messages Shared On The Eve Of New Year

Saicharan Palakurthi

Rapid progress is observed in India, in terms of technology and accessibility. No doubt that WhatsApp is India’s most favoured messaging app for its flexible user interface. A few differences merely exist in between sending messages through sim card number and WhatsApp mobile application, this is the main factor behind the gigantic popularity WhatsApp has garnered at all generations of people.

The mobile networks in general charge usual amount on the occasional days waiving off the existing offers on your number. Now, WhatsApp is very generous in this case as there are no extra charges, so a plethora of people prefers using WhatsApp. The crowd in WhatsApp during the special days is quite beyond imagination, New Year’s Eve 2016 was no different. On December 31, WhatsApp claims a total of 14 billion messages were sent on its platform, 32% of which were in some form of media. 

Count yourself as a part of this trend, if you sent everyone on your friends list a picture with the words ‘Happy New Year 2017’ scrawled across it.


Meanwhile, the earlier record is 8 billion messages, which was hit during Diwali 2016. Following the record, WhatsApp added 3.1 billion images, 700 million GIFs and 610 million videos were part of this total of 14 billion messages during New Year’s Eve.

This Facebook-owned mobile app has 1 billion monthly active users across the world of which more than 16% alone belong to India.

Thanking the users for the amazing love and affection, WhatsApp recently addressed in a press statement “WhatsApp continues to be an essential part of our lives. Whether it is celebrating festivals and occasions with friends and family or staying connected, WhatsApp is an integral mode of communication for people to connect, transcending miles and distance. WhatsApp has continued to be convenient, fast, reliable and simple to use for everyone, everywhere.”

As an effort to ensure data security, the app has recently stopped working for some of the older iPhone and Android devices. Anyone who is using Android 2.1 or 2.2, or iOS 6 and lower can no longer use the messaging service on their phones.

Additionally, this popular app will also stop working on Windows smartphones running on Windows Phone 7 OS.

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