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Facebook is the first non-Google Android app to hit the 1 billion install threshold

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Facebook is the first non-Google Android app to hit the 1 billion install threshold
This milestone was a question of "when" not "if". Facebook's Android app has crossed into rarefied air recently and become the first and only non-Google app in the Play Store to reach 1 billion installs. Facebook is the first non-Google app to hit that plateau and only the fourth Android app ever to pass 1 billion installs, after Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail. 

Gmail was the first Android app to reach 1 billion installs, and that happened back in March. Since then, Maps and YouTube have joined the club. Facebook reaching the milestone is arguably more impressive than any of Google's apps, because Facebook doesn't come pre-installed on most devices and has to be actively installed by users. 

We're still wondering what app will be next to cross the milestone. Facebook Messenger hit 500 million installs just a couple weeks ago, so that would be unlikely, though possible given Facebook is now requiring it for messaging. WhatsApp has been in the 500 million to 1 billion category for a while now, so that might be the frontrunner. 

Facebook is the first non-Google Android app to hit the 1 billion install threshold

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posted on 02 Sep 2014, 13:19

1. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I have facebook app..but I don't use.....
Heck I stopped using facebook at all...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 14:56 2

5. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


same i hardly use it. plus it's preinstall in all our phones. so why is this news?

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 17:21

8. doejon (Posts: 397; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


exactly!! nowerdays its preinstalled on a lot of devices i have 3 android streaming boxes and fb was always preinstalled

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 01:17

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I uninstall it from my RedMi Note only to install it back one week later.

I use it occasionally.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 13:20

2. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Watsapp will join next I think....that too is now owned by facebook....

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 13:58

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Now they can enhance the UI and make it so it doesn't eat 120MB+ of RAM after you close the app.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 14:40

4. hellonerds (Posts: 313; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Just use the web mobile lol.. not sure you can upload pics/videos

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 18:21

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's what I'm doing for now on. And yeah you can, just takes a tad bit longer, especially with videos.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 18:01

9. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


That's what 64bit Cpu and software does. Takes and requires more Ram to run very smoothly.

I use McTweaker on the rooted Note3, along with Rohesoft Ram expander. The app let's you gain extra 3g Ram, in total, 5th Ram
.

The app called System Panel shows that Facebook takes up 200 mb of Ram.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 18:14

11. na7noo7 (Posts: 278; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


6GB of RAM? I got to try this.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 18:20

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Gain an extra 3GB of RAM when the max is about 2850MB... Seems legit.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 21:44

14. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


they can't because it uses all that ram to siphon off your info. record your calls, random camera checks, etc..

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 16:45 1

6. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


O, the humanity!

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 16:55

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 19469; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My fav app.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 18:06

10. medicci37 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


1 of the worst major apps ever! Also apps in general have to many unnecessary permissions. There should be option to install apps with only certain permissions. For instance, Facebook app could be used without giving permission to use camera & address book if you don't want to use that feature

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 06:14

16. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Well i just deleted it for good, because i can just use the mobile site. Avoid using messenger and avoid taking up my ram. Win win

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