Reports in a Russian press that Google attempted to acquire a Telegram messaging app final year for $1 billion have been resolutely rebutted by Telegram owner Pavel Durov. The rumors had been widely reported in a tech press today.
The suggestion was that a now Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, met with Durov a year ago, when Pichai headed adult Google product, to made an offer to buy a messaging height — usually for his overtures to be resolutely deserted by Durov.
However Durov has really firmly rejected these rumors today.
“Bullshit,” he said, when contacted by TechCrunch to ask about a merger rumor. “I haven’t had any merger talks or meetings with Google. we am proficient to Google people and Sundar of course, though acquisition, 1 billion — all of that is false.”
Google has of march prolonged had its own messaging offering, Hangouts, though it’s also had a tough time perplexing to expostulate use of a height — losing out in a popularity stakes to other messaging giants, such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp.
That platform, that was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion behind in 2014, passed a one billion MAUs symbol progressing this year. While a younger Telegram, that only launched in tumble 2013, has a some-more medium user-base though has been building movement — passing 100 million active monthly users this February.
Google declined to criticism on a Telegram acquisition rumors when contacted today, with a mouthpiece observant usually that: “Google does not criticism on gossip and speculation.”
The company has been creation some moves to support the adoption of a RCS interoperable messaging standard, maybe with a perspective to building the possess Android to Android iMessage alternative.