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Elon Musk looking to ‘integrate iMessage and WhatsApp texts’ in single app
September 17, 2023
X and SpaceX boss Elon Musk has said he is "workin on" integrating "iMessage, WhatsApp and Signal" into one mega application.
Musk has previously revealed what he wants to do with X after buying Twitter, to create an 'everything app' incorporating several different facets that go beyond regular social media.
Shortly after he completed the purchase of Twitter, Musk wrote: "Buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app".
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He offered no further details, but speculation is rife that Musk wants to build something akin to WeChat, the Chinese social network which combines messaging, payments, social media, and more into a single platform.
And now he has commented on what the finalised app might comprise of, at least partly.
"Can someone please integrate iMessage / WhatsApp / Signal in some magical Kayak for texts app," wrote one X user on the social media site.
Must responded: "Workin on it."
In July, Musk said that Twitter, now X, would change as time went on.
“In the months to come, we will add comprehensive communications and the ability to conduct your entire financial world. The Twitter name does not make sense in that context, so we must bid adieu to the bird,” he wrote.
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In June last year, Musk told Twitter staff that the company could emulate WeChat.
“You basically live on WeChat in China because it’s so usable and helpful to daily life, and I think if we can achieve that, or even get close to that at Twitter, it would be an immense success.”
WeChat has 1.2 billion monthly users, getting kicked off it has been likened to 'digital death'.
Benedict Evans, a tech analyst, described what WeChat is like in a chat with the Guardian.
He said: “Imagine if you used OpenTable, Uber and Deliveroo entirely inside the Facebook app, using your Facebook identity and a Facebook payment account instead of a credit card – and then you paid for coffee and paid for the tube with it as well."
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