wants to take on with its own messaging service, . That could have far-reaching consequences on the Indian apps market. WhatsApp, as we know, has been working on . Paytm, which already has person-to-person payments and is accepted by a lot of merchants, appears to think that a messaging service is the killer feature it has been missing. Gadgets 360’s editorial head and games editor join host to discuss what this means for India.
We begin the episode by talking about the WSJ report and wondering whether Paytm can dethrone WhatsApp, which has . Paytm has 225 million wallet users and it claims that around half of these are active users. That means that even after adding a messaging layer to its app, Paytm has its task cut out.
Kunal wonders whether Paytm has the stickiness required to take on WhatsApp. Ultimately the best messaging apps are the ones where your friends are and Paytm has its work cut out to become that. Rishi wonders whether comparisons with are fair, since . Like Paytm, WeChat has support for movie tickets, paying utility bills, and a bunch of other services.
We also talk about and whether that could be competition for the likes of WhatsApp and Paytm. Before concluding the episode we wonder whether could be another factor that decides who wins the .
That’s all for this week’s episode of , which you can subscribe to via or , or just hit the play button below.
Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.