No, Google didn’t attempt to purchase us, says Telegram founder
Stories within the Russian press that Google tried to accumulate the Telegram messaging app final yr for $1 billion have been firmly rebutted by Telegram founder Pavel Durov. The rumors had been extensively reported within the tech press right now.
The suggestion was that the now Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, met with Durov a yr in the past, when Pichai headed up Google product, to made a suggestion to purchase the messaging platform — just for his overtures to be firmly rejected by Durov.
Nevertheless Durov has very firmly rejected these rumors right now.
“Bullshit,” he stated, when contacted by TechCrunch to ask concerning the acquisition rumor. “I haven’t had any acquisition talks or conferences with Google. I’m acquainted to Google individuals and Sundar in fact, however acquisition, 1 billion — all of that’s false.”
Google has in fact lengthy had its personal messaging providing, Hangouts, however it’s additionally had a troublesome time making an attempt to drive utilization of the platform — dropping out within the reputation stakes to different messaging giants, akin to Fb-owned WhatsApp.
That platform, which was acquired by Fb for $19 billion again in 2014, handed the one billion MAUs mark earlier this yr. Whereas the youthful Telegram, which solely launched in fall 2013, has a extra modest consumer-base however has been constructing momentum — passing one hundred million lively month-to-month customers this February.
Google declined to touch upon the Telegram acquisition rumors when contacted at this time, with a spokeswoman saying solely that: “Google doesn’t touch upon rumor and hypothesis.”
The corporate has been making some strikes to help the adoption of the RCS interoperable messaging commonplace, maybe with a view to constructing its personal Android to Android iMessage various.