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In its first reporting of its active user count since April, WhatsApp is reporting that it has reached a whopping 600 million active users, about 100 million more than April’s 500 million.

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum made the announcement on his Twitter account:

He is quick to note (understandably) that “active and registered users are very different types of numbers.” This is because many other messaging apps only report registered users to boost their user numbers, even if those registered users are not necessarily still using the app on a regular basis (i.e. active users).

No other messaging app is even close to WhatsApp in terms of active users, the closest being Tencent’s WeChat app, which stands at about 440 million active users.

In contrast, LINE has reported 400 million registered users, which is about the same as Skype.

Unlike most competitors, WhatsApp offers a no-compromise experience for virutally all mobile devices and operating systems

While user counts don’t necessarily mean a certain app is better (WhatsApp has fewer features overall than virtually all of its competitors), it does nevertheless show that even Facebook, which owns WhatsApp but also competes with it by way of its own messenger app, will be hard pressed to surpass WhatsApp in overall user count.

One notable advantage that WhatsApp does have over its rivals is that it offers a no-compromise experience with virtually all of its features available on virtually all mobile devices and operating systems — something that the vast majority of its competitors cannot lay claim to.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at http://www.joshrobertnay.com.