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Gmail becomes the first Android app with 1 billion installs

Gmail becomes the first Android app with 1 billion installs
This past September, Google announced that its Android platform had reached its one billionth activation, and it has continued to dominate shipment numbers around the globe. So, it was basically just a matter of time before an app in the Google Play Store reached that one billion install plateau, and it looks like that app is Google's own Gmail.

If you pay attention to the comScore data, Facebook has consistently been the most popular mobile app in terms of active monthly users, and even Google Search and YouTube have tended to be more popular than Gmail. But, Gmail has become the first app to cross over into the one billion to five billion install range on Google Play. It is unclear exactly when it hit this milestone, but AppBrain has recorded it as May 6th. Technically, Google Play services reached the one billion mark a couple months ago, but that's not exactly an app.
Gmail becomes the first Android app with 1 billion installs
Of course, Gmail is also something that comes pre-packaged, so it's not like it has been actively downloaded by one billion users, especially when Gmail doesn't even have that many monthly active users. 

There are a number of apps in the five hundred million to one billion install range, like Google Search, Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, and WhatsApp; so, it should be interesting to see which makes the leap next. It seems reasonable that it will be one of the Google apps, but you can never count out Facebook, especially since Facebook recently announced 609 million daily active mobile users across all platforms. 

source: Gmail via Android Police

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posted on 13 May 2014, 00:23 6

1. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The first thing I do after installing a new ROM is remove that app.

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:29 1

3. kumarabhishek591 (Posts: 84; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


ROFL, That made my day xD

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:33 6

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Huh i doubt, then why do you use android.

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:58 1

11. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


When I can root, I remove all the Google apps, including Gmail, Google Play, etc. I don't want their spyware running on my phone 24x7. For email I use K-9 which is open source. For apps, I sideload.

You get better battery life and the system is more responsive. Heck, even the pen latency is lower without all the Google spyware running all the time.

To me, part of the "beauty of Android" is being able to have a lean responsive system that is running only what I want it to, when I want it to.

posted on 13 May 2014, 01:12 12

12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


you uninstall google play. Disgrace.

posted on 13 May 2014, 01:31 2

14. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"you have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it." :)

posted on 13 May 2014, 02:06 3

17. sadiqahmed (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Wait! Didn't Morpheus say that?

posted on 13 May 2014, 02:17 11

20. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


0xFFF, you have failed the android community by uninstalling google play. You must now spend the rest of your life in exile with a Nokia X.

posted on 13 May 2014, 02:22 3

22. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


LMAO... the penalty for getting out of the G-Matrix is to be put into exile in the MS-Matrix. Seems like "cruel and unusual punishment" to me! :)

posted on 13 May 2014, 03:24 4

25. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


You're punishment must be more severe. You shall now spend your life in exile with a blackberry Z3 and a Nokia X.

posted on 13 May 2014, 02:11

18. Leo_MC (Posts: 1685; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


How about push email?
Gmail only pushes the mails on... Gmail app.

posted on 13 May 2014, 02:57 2

23. Takeharu (Posts: 224; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Why not get a Xiaomi phone then? They don't have Google services installed and run Xiaomi services instead which are very good.

posted on 13 May 2014, 03:21

24. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I am waiting for the OnePlus One to be for sale without groveling or maybe the new Vivo XShot, if they make a US version of it.

posted on 13 May 2014, 02:13 1

19. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Gmail app doesn't define Android. I prefer using Samsung's built-in email app.

posted on 13 May 2014, 06:58

29. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


The custom ROM is also android....and apps like gmail are also available for ios, why would you need android for that.

posted on 13 May 2014, 07:35

32. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I know....I get what he's saying....but that is one of the few things I leave on. Its a quick, easy way to have email on the phone. That isnt buggy or cumbersome to use.

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:49 3

9. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Sayith whhhaaaat????!!!! Why would you ever do that? Lol I uninstall google+ and google+ photos first. ROFL

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:26 1

2. windowsRocks (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Its because Android is developed by Google & GMail comes preinstalled on most of the devices

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:47

8. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yup. Inspite of that those downloads aren't total downloads. It doesn't include duplicate or accounts which are no longer in use.

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:32 2

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I thought Gmail comes preloaded in android phones atleast GAPPS enabled.

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:51 1

10. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


PA GAPPS :-D

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:35 3

6. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Its one of those pre installed apps that I never use.

posted on 13 May 2014, 04:27 1

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


you must be one of the people who use their phones for nothing but whatsapp and facebook.

posted on 13 May 2014, 06:54 1

28. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I use my phone for almost everything that a smartphone is used for....and I am not a big fan of WhatsApp.....I don't like gmail but I do use 3rd party mail apps....and yes, I am a nexus fan, I own a nexus 5
....you should not make an impression so quickly, without knowing anything.

posted on 13 May 2014, 07:31

31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


sorry sir...

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:46 3

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14113; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Preloaded doesn't count since all major Android phones come with gmail so that number is very misleading

posted on 13 May 2014, 01:29 2

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


wonder why Google Maps , G+ aren't on that list lol

posted on 13 May 2014, 08:44

34. Scott93274 (Posts: 4997; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


For the first time ever I'm going to actually agree with you. Yes it's a milestone number, but it holds little significance if it's not an app downloaded by the user.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:32

36. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Well...this would mean Android's market share isnt mostly from devices that dont have Google apps. Kindle Fire...might have to put that on by side loading or some other way.

This was argued on here recently that its where most of Androids market share is from.

And....post #13 made a good point about Maps...that was there from the beginning too.

posted on 13 May 2014, 01:58

15. shahrooz (Posts: 764; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


I use this app and I'm very happy with it. However I have some of gapps hibernated by greenify. (if my last sentence is gramaticly fed up please correct me)

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