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May 28, 2015

Messenger Apps the New Voice for Mobile Users

Mary Meeker's Report Sheds Startling Light on Use of Apps

One of the most influential voices on Internet technology might just become nothing more than a message, like most users.

SmartphoneAt least, that’s one of the highlights from a report provided by venture capitalist Mary Meeker. Meeker’s annual reports on Internet trends have become a tech-geek’s dream in recent years and she delivered her take on the past year Wednesday.

While the lengthy report features a lot of information, one of the most interesting aspects of the document and Meeker’s speech was the growth in messaging and how, likely, it will become the No. 1 method of communicating as years progress.

A partner at Kleiner. Perkins, Caufield & Byers, Meeker said messaging trends have increased over the years.

“The messaging leaders around the world are growing really quickly,” Meeker was quoted as saying by CNet.

Numbers in her report support that claim. User numbers for messenger services are staggering with Whatsapp boasting 800 million active mobile users, Facebook Messenger with 600 million and WeChat has 549 million.

And while users communicate more and more through messaging apps, they will likely be doing even more with their messenger programs in the coming years. Entrepreneur noted Meeker is predicting users will soon be making payments, playing games, and calling for cabs strictly through messenger apps. Some companies are already enabling this to happen, she noted.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.