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. 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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35 Comments

1. av911 unregistered

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

3. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 152; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

ROFL, That made my day xD

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Huh i doubt, then why do you use android.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

you uninstall google play. Disgrace.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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." :)

17. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Wait! Didn't Morpheus say that?

20. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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! :)

25. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

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

23. Takeharu

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

19. av911 unregistered

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

29. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

9. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

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

2. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

10. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

PA GAPPS :-D

6. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

27. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

28. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

sorry sir...

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

34. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

36. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

15. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 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)

16. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Yeah because it INSTALLS AUTOMATICALLY the first time you go into the play store -.-

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