May 12 AT 12:46 PM Dima Aryeh 3 Comments

Gmail for Android first app to reach 1 billion unique downloads

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The Gmail app for Android has broken a new record on the Play Store. It has reached a monumental 1 billion downloads, and is the first app on the Play Store to do so, not counting Google Play Services. That’s a pretty big deal. It shows just how many Android users are out there, especially compared to the competition.

To get to this number, Google counted unique accounts downloading this update, not individual downloads (which probably number far higher). Though this doesn’t mean that a billion people are using the app, it means that a billion accounts have downloaded it at some point.

Next up is 5 billion downloads, according to Google Play’s bracket for the number of installs. While we probably won’t make it there very soon, we hope Android will keep growing until that number is a possibility. When do you think we’ll hit that target? Leave a comment!

Via: Android Police

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • unknown Gmail administrator, CA

    including 900 million broken, aborted and re-downloads….

  • Dave Kratter

    “To get to this number, Google counted unique accounts downloading this update, not individual downloads (which probably number far higher). Though this doesn’t mean that a billion people are using the app, it means that a billion accounts have downloaded it at some point.”

    That isn’t accurate either. I have two Gmail accounts, but I only download the app once. I don’t even log into Google Play with my second account.

  • dbareis

    Google Play store should tell you how many users have downloaded it and how many users still have it installed. Nothing else matters.

  1. unknown Gmail administrator, CAGuest 1 year ago

    including 900 million broken, aborted and re-downloads….

  2. “To get to this number, Google counted unique accounts downloading this update, not individual downloads (which probably number far higher). Though this doesn’t mean that a billion people are using the app, it means that a billion accounts have downloaded it at some point.”

    That isn’t accurate either. I have two Gmail accounts, but I only download the app once. I don’t even log into Google Play with my second account.

  3. dbareisGuest 1 year ago

    Google Play store should tell you how many users have downloaded it and how many users still have it installed. Nothing else matters.