Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai called news reports that Google tried to acquire WhatsApp for $10 billion before it was snapped up by Facebook for $19 billion “simply untrue,” the Telegraph reports.
“WhatsApp was definitely an exciting product,” he said. “We never made an offer to acquire them. Press reports to the contrary are simply untrue.”
Google CEO Eric Schmidt made a similar, though less explicit, denial in a TV interview Monday. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: “When asked if Google bid on WhatsApp, Schmidt replied: ‘Not in the way you’re thinking about. We’re certainly aware of them.’”