Google – New WhatsApp Competitor?
Google’s Hangouts have obtained a wide range of functionality in the past couple of years, adding texting integration and multi-platform use. Recently, it suggested that it would roll out a standalone Messenger platform, so we have to ask, will Google become a WhatsApp competitor? WhatsApp seems to have several competitors already as it is, but this could easily be another battle between Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) (read: Google+). Here’s what the Owler community had to say:
“Google already proved to us that it should not try to enter spaces that are already dominated by another huge tech firm with Google Plus. That was a massive fail. Clearly Google needs to focus on what it does best: search” – A Naysayer
“I don’t think the investment will meaningfully improve Google’s market share, so I voted no.” – A Naysayer
“I use Gchat all the time and I think it’d be great to have that available as a integrated chatting and texting system with my email.” – A Yeasayer