Sundar Pichai: Google never bid for WhatsApp

Google’s Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai has said that Google had never made a bid for the mobile messaging app WhatsApp. Google did have talks in the past with WhatsApp about working closer with each other, but the reports of placing a bid of $10 billion weren’t true at all.

Sundar Pichai was talking during the Mobile World Congress recently held in Barcelona. Facebook had earlier this month bought WhatsApp for $19 billion that included cash, bonuses as well as stocks.

There were all kinds of reports doing the rounds of the media when the announcement of Facebook buying WhatsApp became public. The mega search engine pointed out that they had made a bid, but was their own. It was reportedly refused by the CEO of WhatsApp, Jan Koum.

There were also some reports that said that Larry Page took time out to meet Jan Koum only a few days before the deal with Facebook was struck. It looks like Mr. Page wanted to cross the point across to WhatsApp about the power and influence Google has.

That wasn’t the end of the reports. Some of them claimed that the money never played a part in the fallout of the deal. Actually, Koum wasn’t absorbed in the board of directors at Google. However, Facebook went on to do this. Understandably, Google has refuted these reports.

Both Jan Koum and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were present at the MWC this week. If the bid of $10 billion by Google is considered true, the sum of $19 billion is just too much, almost twice. However, Mark Zuckerberg said that it was a bargain.

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