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We've been seeing leak after leak about Google's rumored unified messaging service. Now, as more details get seemingly confirmed and and we even get a look at the possibly near-finished app, clearly this is the time for Google to acquire a competing IM service, right? Well, not so much, according to AllThingsD. As it turns out, Mountain View is not about to buy WhatsApp, a company that makes a product that Google is currently nearly done building itself. Just in case you were wondering.

This contradicts rumors that WhatsApp would be selling to Google for close to $1 billion. That number is in fact, zero. And instead of a sale, the deal between the two companies more closely resembles no deal at all. It's also worth pointing out that this isn't the first time WhatsApp has failed to close acquisition talks that it never began in the first place. Back in December, the internet was equally sure that Facebook would buy the messenger service. Because, again, Facebook was building its own, so why not just halt that project, buy a new company, and attempt to merge them, or shutter one and fold the two teams together?

Because buying companies just to build one service that you're already currently building, is almost always a ridiculous idea without ulterior motive. Of course, there are exceptions.

Source: AllThingsD

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    hope the undone deal bite whattsapp in the ass

    • cc_star

      Flipboard managed

  • cc_star

    Shame, they should.

    Google are a long way behind on messaging.

  • Gobelet

    That would've made sense. I mean, let's see it that way: Whatsapp is used throughout the world by millions of people, with among them Windows Phone, Blackberry and iPhone users. By folding Whatsapp into Google Babel, they could've added more momentum to the service, and this on other platforms.

  • RitishOemraw

    Maybe they weren't discussing a merger but a collaboration!

    Whatsapp users will be able to interact (send messages, send photos/videos/locations/etc) to G+ babble users and vice versa?

    I for one would LOVE that.
    Then I would not have to persuade my friends to switch to Babel when they all use Whatsapp :(

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack D

    1 bn is just too much IMHO

    • http://twitter.com/ISoldTheGun Grandpa

      When you're a worldwide top selling cross-platform app, it isn't.

      • cc_star

        Plus, it's just a figure punted not the actual negotiated price... if there ever would be at some point

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Google was never going to buy Whatsapp it was never going to happen. Anyone that thinks its a good idea is a moron.

  • Christopher Saylor

    I don't understand what would be attractive for google here anyways. What's app is a nice streamlined messaging service, but it's nothing that google can't do themselves in a short period of time. You can talk about buying up the userbase, but really it's not like google needs more users.

    In addition I feel like the service heavily inflates it's 'user' numbers as it seems people who used the app once are seemingly always considered users. It tells me that 45 of my friends are using whatsapp, but in reality zero of them are ever on it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

      Google could have unlimited uses for this... Their Google! :D

  • Matt

    So WhatsApp is effectively worthless now? Google Steam Roller incoming... if you're not with us you're against us.. well if you're not with us you probably don't stand a chance.

  • etche

    Yeah, but back in that time Facebook bought Beluga to merge with its Facebook Messenger application, didn't they?

  • http://twitter.com/08ight 0.8ight

    Ok! I'm not going to believe this article.

  • GazaIan

    What I want to know is why do people think Google would have made that purchase? Google Talk could be spruced up a little bit to easily be an iMessage, Whatsapp, Kik, or other IM competitor. And the simple fact that its tied into your Google Account and is also free gives users ease of use and Google instantly gets a good grab.

  • Freak4Dell

    It would have been more believable if it had been leaked before we already saw evidence that Google was nearly finished with their revamp of their messaging services.

  • http://www.facebook.com/babywarez Gerardo Sarabia Molina

    They should.

  • Boluskaart

    Well their own service will likely fail to get enough users, like google voice or google +. So buying whatsapp and integrating their ideas in that wouldn't be such a weird idea as this article is trying to make it look.