WhatsApp reportedly topped Facebook to become world's most popular mobile app recently

WhatsApp reportedly topped Facebook to become world's most popular mobile app recently
Did you know that Facebook owns the hugely popular WhatsApp messaging platform in addition to Instagram? If you did, you might have been surprised to find out a few months back you’re actually in the minority.

Meanwhile, if you live in the US, you’ll be outright shocked to hear WhatsApp has recently surpassed the core app of its parent company in terms of global popularity. According to the latest annual “State of Mobile” report compiled by research firm App Annie (via VentureBeat), WhatsApp’s monthly active users topped Facebook’s same key metric for the first time ever in September 2018.

Since then, the infamous industry-leading social network was apparently incapable of regaining its dominant position on the world’s mobile devices, although the gap between WhatsApp and Facebook is currently unspecified.

Mark Zuckerberg used to love to flaunt the numbers and individual achievements of each social product under Facebook’s umbrella, but curiously enough, those statements have grown vaguer over the past couple of years.

Officially, WhatsApp had 1.5 billion monthly active users around the world early last year, while Facebook reached the 2 billion milestone back in 2017. But even though the latter service is increasingly focused on mobile, its tally still includes many desktop-only users.


Overall, Facebook managed to beat WhatsApp in terms of the average monthly number of active mobile users in 2018, but given the two’s recent growth rates, the new leader as of September should be able to easily consolidate its first position this year.

Stateside, WhatsApp continues to struggle with wide-scale adoption, not ranking among the country’s top ten mobile apps of 2018. Unsurprisingly, Facebook and Facebook Messenger ruled the year’s US popularity charts, confirming Mark Zuckerberg is on top of the world, despite the countless privacy scandals his social media juggernaut has been embroiled in lately.

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6 Comments

1. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

The most reliable apps I've ever known, from 2g to 5g, from galaxy y young to windows phone, and then back to android flagship...works flawlessly. They don't populate the apps with half bake feature, sometimes comes a little bit late, but they are always reliable.

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Does exactly what it advertises and has NO advertisements. I am not surprised.

3. LEEDAQ

Posts: 173; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

The great What’s app doesn’t support to transfer from IOS to Android, you gotta pay like$30 to third party SO FAIL

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2215; Member since: May 04, 2015

I don't know about that because my whatsapp backs up to Google Drive every night. Unless IOS forces you to backup to iCloud only then that's an IOS issue and nothing to do with Whatsapp.

5. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Fail? Do you read the headlines...lol

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Surely a lot of people dumped fb.

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