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KakaoTalk, the increasingly popular South Korean mobile messaging app, announced Tuesday that it hit the 100 million global registered user mark just over three years after launch (South Korea itself has a population of only 50 million). The app is one of a number of mobile messaging services growing in popularity in recent months, facing stiff competition from the 250-million-user-strong WhatsApp and more recent competing service MessageMe. Facebook has also stepped up its messaging game in the past year, updating its Messenger app with more features on a regular basis.
WhatsApp, the massively popular mobile messaging service, announced a new record on Wednesday for daily inbound and outbound messages sent in a single day. The company processed 27 billion messages in a 24-hour period, up from 20 billion processed in a day just two months before.
News Bytereceived voice message capabilities earlier this month, a feature that has also been added to the main Facebook app as of Monday.
News ByteThe Verge and confirmed to AllThingsD by a Facebook spokesman. Data rates still apply over 3G and 4G, mind you, but Wi-Fi calling is free in the truest sense. The move comes after a string of updates for Messenger, including voice memo capabilities and the ability to use Messenger without having a Facebook account.