The 1 billion download club on the Play Store is a pretty exclusive ones, with most apps belonging to Google's or Facebook's (including WhatsApp) conglomerate. Now Skype is joining this elite club and getting the coveted 1 billion round bubble on its Play Store listing.
There was a time when video calling someone was synonymous with Skyping: very few other competing services existed and even then, they weren't as attractive since everyone was on Skype. But with Facetime, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger's video calls, Hangouts, and the more recent Duo, Skype feels like the old exec who's trying to stay relevant by throwing "cloud" and "mobile-first" at every board meeting. Read More
WhatsApp keeps on growing and growing. In my neck of the woods, it's the way everyone communicates these days. Messages are sent through it, groups are made for friends to share memes and funny photos, families use it to stay in touch and share photos, customers communicate with businesses through it — heck, even my patients ask me medical questions over it! Voice messages are used like asynchronous phone calls or when your message is better conveyed with voice instead of text, and WhatsApp voice and video calls are quickly overtaking phone calls. The service is immediate without being intrusive, and it's so ubiquitous that you don't even think of email, SMS, or other ways of communicating unless you realize the person you're trying to reach isn't on WhatsApp. Read More
I still remember when Google Street View was that pre-installed icon that I wished I could remove from my device but couldn't because it came as part of Google Maps. Now the exploration service is all grown up, living independently, and thanks to the spread of 360 cams and user-generated content as well as the addition of dozens of interesting photosphere collections from real to fictional, has reached 1 billion total installs on the Play Store.
While many of those downloads will have resulted from the app being pre-installed on devices for the longest time, 1 billion is still an impressive milestone to reach. Read More
Google has a lot of apps for a lot of different services, but most of them remain unbeknownst to the general public. Photos, however, is not one of those. The media backup utility has gotten extremely popular, and for good reason: it saves all your memories in the cloud for free. On May 31st, the Photos app hit a whopping 1 billion downloads on Android. Read More
With all the talk about the Galaxy S8, you may have missed Samsung's latest milestone. For the first time, one of its Play Store apps reached one billion installs. Given its 4.1 star rating and over half a million reviews, it is surprising it took this long. Read More
The latest app to join the rather exclusive 1 billion club on Google Play is... drumroll please... Instagram. This is quite surprising when estimates only put the number of accounts at 500 million, but I guess the downloads counter doesn't differentiate between unique installs or not. Either way, it scares me that Facebook owns the two biggest social networks in the world.
After the Facebook app, then WhatsApp, then Messenger, Instagram is the fourth of Facebook's apps to get 1 billion installs. Again, scary. Getting 1 billion installs is no easy feat - especially since at the last count Android only had 1.4 billion users. Read More
In the elite club of internet services with enough penetration to reach about 1/7th of the earth's population, members are few and far between. But now Facebook Messenger can say that it has earned the badge that gives it access to this exclusive circle. After getting to 1 Billion installs on the Play Store a year ago, Messenger is now boasting, for real, 1 Billion monthly active users.
Whatsapp, the other Facebook-owned chat service, got to 1 Billion monthly active users several months ago, in February, so Messenger is still playing catch-up with its in-house rival, but I'm sure Facebook is not crying over the friendly competition going on between these two. Read More
During Alphabet's first earnings call this afternoon, Google CEO Sundar Pichai commented that as of this month, Gmail now officially has one billion monthly active users. That's a lot of Gmail.
The Gmail app for Android, by comparison, hit one billion installs a little over 20 months ago, back in May of 2014. And that was two years after Gmail became the most popular email service on the planet. When that occurred in 2012, Google reported around 425 million MAUs for Gmail, meaning the service has grown its active user base twice over in around three-and-a-half years. Read More
There aren't many things apps can brag about to other apps. Oh, you're portable? So am I! What's that? You come in a small package size? Same here! You're finger friendly, can explain how you work in a few screens, and integrate well with the rest of Android? Check, check, and check! Over 1 billion downloads? Okay, Google Drive, you have me beat.
Yeah, download counts are special. Not all developers are out to get their apps into the hands of as many people as possible, but most feel a certain tingle in their chest when that number starts to work its way up. Read More
There are only a few apps on the Play Store with more than a billion downloads, and you've probably heard of all of them. Most are Google apps like Gmail and Maps, but Facebook has a few on the list as well. Now, Play Movies & TV has hit this milestone just a few weeks after Newsstand did so. Read More