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WhatsApp now serves 2 billion monthly users worldwide

No sooner had WhatsApp reached one milestone than it's ready to surpass another. Today, the service has announced that it's serving 2 billion monthly users worldwide, doubling its 2016 reach.

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Tez, aka Google Pay for India, reaches 100 million installs on the Play Store

Gather 'round folks, Tez celebration time! Google's mobile payment solution for India, formerly known as Tez and later rebranded to Pay, has reached an important milestone in its software life: 100 million installs on the Play Store. This is usually when developers bring out the big cake and everyone wishes them zero bugs and 100% positive reviews for the months to come.

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Google Duo passes 500 million installs on the Play Store

Knock Knock! Who's there? Duo. Duo who? Du-o know that Google's video calling app has just surpassed 500 million installs on the Play Store? We need to take a few minutes to celebrate this milestone.

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[Update: Not very new] Play Store now supports pre-registration reward levels

The Play Store now supports reward tiers for apps in the pre-registration phase, allowing developers to entice potential customers to pre-register for more goodies once the app launches. It's not a new concept, but we've never seen it on the Play Store before.

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Google Calendar reaches 500 million installs on the Play Store

We like celebrating milestones in download and install numbers here on Android Police. It's a silly little habit we got into that makes us reflect on the history of a certain app and its number of users, and see if we can glean any insider information from it. Just last week, Google Calculator reached 100M installs and a few days ago, more niche and recent apps Google Classroom and YouTube for Android TV got to 10M. Larger numbers are a little tougher to achieve unless you're part of an elite and this is the case with Google Calendar today: it has reached 500M installs.

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Android Auto app reaches 10 million installs on the Play Store

It's a good milestone day for Android's side-projects and apps. Earlier we reported that the Android Wear app had reached 10 million downloads on the Play Store and now we're seeing the same number for the Android Auto app.

10 million downloads since March of 2015 is a nice number, especially considering that the app is geo-restricted and you either have to be aware that it works on phones without needing a compatible car or have to have purchased a new compatible car or heads-up unit in the past 2 years or so to know about it. By comparison, the Android Wear app has been available for about 3 and half years, is available worldwide, and the cost of entry is much lower (if you don't take into account those who use the Auto app as standalone).

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YouTube now receives one billion hours of watch time every day


Google Play Newsstand Joins The 500 Million Download Club

Joining the likes of other Google apps like Play Movies, Play Books, and Play Music, and Facebook's Messenger app, Google Play Newsstand became the latest Google app to reach the 500 million download mark, reaching it some time this month. This number obviously reflects only downloads/installs, not active users, but it's still an impressive figure.

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Of course this count is including downloads from the days when Newsstand was still Google Play Magazines, before it superseded both Magazines and Currents as Google's de facto news-and-magazine reader.

The app has come a long long way since then, moving from a dark, sparse interface with reliability issues to a fully realized reader and subscription manager with gorgeous design, smooth functionality, and an actually pleasant user experience.

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Play Movies & TV Becomes Latest Google App To Reach The 500 Million Downloads Milestone

Google's apps, alongside Facebook's, remain the only Android apps to reach over 500 million users. Some of the tech giant's offerings, such as Gmail and YouTube, have even managed more than a billion downloads.

Now Play Movies & TV has become the company's latest app to join the former category. On Google Play, it resides in the 500,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 range.

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This is a significant achievement for Play Movies, a brand that has only really been around since the Android Market turned into the Play Store not much more than a couple of years ago. While the service has expanded into many countries, TV shows are only available in a handful.

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AOKP Finally Releases Jelly Bean 4.2 Milestone 2, Complete With SwipePad-like Ribbon Feature, New Devices, And More

It's been quite some time since we heard major release information from the ROM developers at the Android Open Kang Project, or as the cool kids call them, AOKP. After three months of relative quiet (though plenty of development and testing has been going on behind the scenes) The team just announced AOKP Jelly Bean Milestone 2, a complete and hopefully bug-free build that brings a ton of new features.

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The most user-facing addition is probably Ribbons, a built-in quick launcher that works a lot like SwipePad. Swipe in from the left, right, bottom, or any number of other locations including the lockscreen and notification shade, and you'll open a customizable vertical list of app/function shortcuts.

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