Google never bid $10 billion for acquiring WhatsApp, a top executive from Google has said at the Mobile World Congress.
Facebook has agreed to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion and soon after the announcement reports starting coming in that Google had also shown interest in buying the popular messaging app.
Fortune said that Google bid $10 billion for buying WhatsApp. The Information reported that Google even offered millions of dollars to WhatsApp for just notifying it in advance if some other big tech company showed interest in buying WhatsApp.
Google did not respond to these reports but at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google Android and Chrome division head Sundar Pichai denied these reports. He said:
“WhatsApp was definitely an exciting product. We never made an offer to acquire them. Press reports to the contrary are simply untrue.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said at the Mobile World Congress that WhatsApp is a lot more valuable that $19 billion. He said that “WhatsApp is the most engaging app we’ve ever seen on mobile. It blows everything else away.”