Last fall Google announced their Android platform had broken through the one billion activations mark. With some applications that tend to be on every Android smartphone shipped around the world, it was only a matter of time before an app achieved the same feat and hit the 1 billion installs level. It appears this month that Google’s own Gmail app has reached that lofty goal as the entry in Google Play now lists the number of installs as somewhere between 1 billion and 5 billion. According to AppBrain, this occurred on May 6th.
Although Gmail has reached the 1 billion mark in terms of installs, it should be noted that Gmail is usually installed by default on most Android devices, so it is not like all of these installs occurred after someone specifically downloaded the app to install it. Some other apps that may be on their way to the same level include Google Search, Google Maps, and YouTube, all of which enjoy being installed by default on most Android devices. Others that come installed on some devices, but still have a good number of users specifically downloading them to install, include WhatsApp and Facebook.